UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania. – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), in association with the Associated Press (AP) and the Fiesta Bowl Organization, selected the Penn State junior running back Noah Cain as nominees for the 2021 Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year award.
Ten times during the 2021 college football season, three inspiring student-athletes from all levels of college football who have overcome injury, illness or other challenges, are named Mayo’s Returning Player of the Year. Clinic by a panel of writers, editors, and sports information directors from CoSIDA, AP and Touchdown Illustrated. In December, three of the 30 nominees will be chosen as Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year award winners and will be honored at a special ceremony during the PlayStation® Fiesta Bowl on January 1, 2022, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. , Arizona. CoSIDA members can nominate football student-athletes until November 1, 2021 on Comeback-Player.com.
Noah Cain Remarks
• Cain returned in 2021 after missing everything but the first ride to Indiana in 2020.
• Cain scored a rushing touchdown in each of the first three games of a season for the second time in his career (2019, 2021).
• Cain scored on a 3-yard rush against Auburn.
• Cain rushed for 69 yards and a 5-yard touchdown against Ball State. He also set a career-high with 30 receiving yards on three catches.
• Cain found the end zone on a 2-yard rush in Iowa.
• Cain averaged 6.0 yards per carry against Wisconsin. The sophomore had a 34-yard career in the fourth quarter against the Badgers.
• Cain hit the 500-yard mark for his career with a 48-yard day against Wisconsin.
The other nominees so far this season are: Terrel Bernard (LB, Baylor); Yohance Burnett (LB, Tulsa); Sean Chambers (QB, Wyoming); Jack Coan (QB, Notre-Dame); Tobias Harris (DB, West Texas A&M); Aidan Hutchinson (DE, Michigan); Brian Kearns, Jr (RB, Stonehill College); Alex Keith (DL, Washington & Jefferson College); McKenzie Milton (QB, State of Florida); John Mitchell (TE, Atlantic Florida); Jeremiah Moon (LB, Florida); Reggie Roberson, Jr (WR, SMU); Justyn Ross (WR, Clemson); Avery Samuels (OL, Stetson); Corey Sutton (WR, Appalachian State); Skylar Thompson (QB, Kansas State); and JJ Weaver (LB, Kentucky).
The past Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year winners are: 2018 – Antwan Dixon (Kent State), Seth Simmer (Dartmouth), Antonio Wimbush (Carson-Newman); 2019 – Jake Luton (State of Oregon), Drew Wilson (Georgia Southern), Octavion Wilson (University of Salisbury); 2020 – Jarek Broussard (Colorado), Kenneth Horsey (Kentucky) and Silas Kelly (Carolina Coastal). For a full list of past winners and additional details on their notable comeback stories, visit www.Comeback-Player.com; follow via Twitter at @ComebackPlayrFB using the hashtag #MayoClinicCPOY; and on Instagram at @Comeback_Player_CFB. Mayo Clinic has no role in the selection of nominees or award winners.
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About CoSIDA (University Sports Information Directors of America): CoSIDA was founded in 1957 and is a national organization of over 3,000 members made up of sports public relations, media relations and communications / information professionals at all levels from collegiate athletics to the States United and Canada. The organization is the second oldest management association in intercollegiate athletics. To learn more, visit cosida.com.
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