FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KAIT) - A Region 8 Razorback is on the national radar.
Arkansas redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Noah Gatlin is one of 42 players selected to the Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year watch list. Gatlin missed the entire 2019 season after suffering a torn ACL in fall camp. The JHS alum has responded in 2020, playing in five games this season. He’s lined up right tackle for the Razorbacks.
Hog teammate Feleipe Franks is also on the Comeback Player of the Year radar. An 2019 ankle injury ended his Florida career. He transferred to Arkansas and has thrived as signal caller. The Razorback QB has 1,678 passing yards, 186 rushing yards, and 16 touchdowns.
Since 2018, a panel of writers, editors and sports information directors from CoSIDA, AP and Touchdown Illustrated have recognized college football student-athletes each season from all divisions of college football for overcoming injury or illness, by sharing their remarkable comeback stories. At the conclusion of each season, three college football studentathletes were honored as Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award winners during an on-field presentation at the PlayStation® Fiesta Bowl.
This season, two watch lists of Division 1 football student-athletes playing in the fall are being issued before the award semi-finalists are announced in mid-December. The three winners will be announced timed with the 2020-21 PlayStation® Fiesta Bowl, held on January 2, 2021.