Nebraska outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator Jovan Dewitt will not be with the Huskers through spring practice, as he’s currently battling throat cancer, head coach Scott Frost said Wednesday night.

Frost made the announcement during an appearance on the Sports Nightly radio show, according to the Lincoln Journal Star. Dewitt will not be a full participant in Nebraska’s practices and workouts this spring.

“I think it came, according to the doctors, from an illness that he had earlier in the year,” Frost said. “He’s an important part of what we’re doing and an important part of what we’ve done and he’s fighting the fight right now. The diagnosis is pretty good. It’s a high percentage chance that it’s a curable type of cancer and he’s going through the necessary things to try to win it.”

Dewitt came to Nebraska prior to the 2018 season when Frost took over as head coach. He had previously served on Frost’s staff at UCF in 2016 and 2017. He also had experience at Florida Atlantic and Army before teaming up with Frost in Orlando.

“He’s got all of us behind him, so we’re rooting for him and we’re going to get by without him,” Frost said. “I know he’s going to want to be out there doing everything with the team that he can, but he’s got more important things on his plate right now.”