Thrilling wins in his first two games as Notre Dame’s starting quarterback have earned Jack Coan a nomination for the Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award.
The Sayville football great is among the first three college football players nominated for the honor, which acknowledges the success and perseverance of players from all levels of college football who have overcome injury, illness or other challenges. Baylor University senior linebacker Terrel Bernard and Brian Kearns Jr., a senior running back at Stonehill College, are the other nominees.
Coan transferred from Wisconsin to Notre Dame in January as a master’s student, electing to use his final year of eligibility to play in the shadow of Touchdown Jesus for the Irish. He had an impressive 2019 campaign, leading Wisconsin to an appearance in the Rose Bowl, but a pre-season foot injury in 2020 forced him to miss the entire season.
In Coan’s debut against Florida State on national television, he completed 26 of 35 passes for 366 yards and four touchdowns, as Notre Dame prevailed 38-35 in overtime. The following week, Coan dashed back onto the field after dislocating a finger to toss the game-winning touchdown with 1:09 left against Toledo.
Ten times during the 2021 college football season, three players will be recognized as Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Nominees by a panel of writers, editors and sports information directors from the College Sports Information Directors of America, the Associated Press and Touchdown Illustrated.
In December, three of the 30 nominees will be picked as winners of the Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award, and then be recognized at a special ceremony during the PlayStation® Fiesta Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 1, in Glendale, Arizona.