Kent State receiver Antwan Dixon, Dartmouth defensive lineman Seth Simmer and Carson-Newman running back Antonio Wimbush are the first recipients of the Mayo Clinic college football Comeback Player of the Year Award.

The new award recognizes college football players from FBS, FCS and lower divisions who overcome injury, illness or other challenges to return to the field. The winners were chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America in association with The Associated Press. Mayo Clinic will donate $5,000 each to the general scholarship funds at Kent State, Dartmouth and Carson-Newman in the names of the winners.

Purdue quarterback David Blough, Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey, Virginia Tech defensive back Caleb Farley, Tennessee Tech linebacker Josh Poplar, Ohio Northern linebacker Sam Shook and Washburn linebacker Austin Tillman were honorable mentions. The runner-up schools will each receive a $2,500 donation.

In this March 29, 2018, photo, Dartmouth College defensive lineman Seth Simmer, foreground, pulls a weighted sled during

NCAA college football conditioning drills on Memorial Field in Hanover, N. (Tris Wykes/The Valley News via AP)
In this March 29, 2018, photo, Dartmouth College defensive lineman Seth Simmer, foreground, pulls a weighted sled during

NCAA college football conditioning drills on Memorial Field in Hanover, N. (Tris Wykes/The Valley News via AP)

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Source: The Associated Press

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