Of all the people Nebraska coach Scott Frost will be happy to see at practice, outside linebackers and special teams coach Jovan Dewitt has to be towards the top of the list. Dewitt has been going through a major struggle lately that has made it a miracle that he can appear at any practices.
According to the Lincoln Journal Star, Dewitt is currently in a serious battle with throat cancer. Per the report, he has been undergoing chemotherapy to treat it, and has lost 45 pounds as a result.
Dewitt received the diagnosis back in January, when he went to the doctor’s office to examine a lump in his throat. He quickly began chemotherapy, and noted to the Journal Star that with treatment the cancer has a very high cure rate.
“Now, my cure rate is supposed to be really good, in the mid-90 percentile range. Of the people and all the doctors I’ve spoken with and talked to, they said they’ve never had anybody not respond well to the procedure. It’s just not an easy process to go through.”
A former member of Frost’s staff at UCF, Dewitt joined Frost when he accepted the Nebraska job in 2018.
Last year he coached linebacker Luke Gifford to a career-year with 62 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble en route to All-Big Ten honors.
His resume includes nine seasons as a defensive coordinator and another five years as a special teams coordinator. Previous stints include Army West Point, Florida Atlantic, Northern Iowa, St. Norbert, and Northern Michigan among others.