After a four-month battle with throat cancer, Nebraska outside linebackers coach Jovan Dewitt had some excellent news to report this week: he’s cancer free.
In an interview on Sports Nightly, Dewitt said that the cancer is gone and he hopes to be ready for fall camp come August. He will still have some therapy remaining, but Dewitt was excited to make the announcement.
“I’ll be able to make a full recovery,” Dewitt said in the interview.
Dewitt received the diagnosis of throat cancer in January. Though treatments kept him from fully participating with the Huskers through spring practice, Dewitt still attended practices when he could. With the news that he’s now cancer free, Dewitt hopes to be back to himself and ready to go for fall camp and the start of the 2019 season.
In addition to the announcement, Dewitt also talked about the support he received from his immediate family, as well as the football family at Nebraska.
“When I speak about my family, I want to make sure everyone understands I’m speaking about those guys as well,” Dewitt said, per Omaha World-Herald. “In terms of how much they’ve checked on my family, twice a week, they’d bring by meals so my wife didn’t have to worry about cooking, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s a huge, huge thing to have that kind of support.”
Because of the cancer and treatments, Dewitt lost 95 pounds over the last four months and has dealt with the loss of his voice. He said football kept his mind at ease when he was undergoing treatment and is looking forward to returning to the field.
Nebraska is happy to welcome him back, as well.