Broussard, Miller Named to Mayo Clinic Comeback Watch List
BOULDER- University of Colorado sophomore Jarek Broussard and junior Chris Miller have been named to the 2020 Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award Watch List, CoSIDA announced on Wednesday in association with the Associated Press and the Fiesta Bowl Organization.
Broussard and Miller are two of 53 finalists with 44 different schools being represented.
As a redshirt freshman, Broussard injured his knee in September of 2019 and was forced to miss the entire season for the Buffs. After rehabbing his injury, Broussard has returned stronger than ever this fall and has impressed both coaches and teammates throughout camp. The Dallas, Texas native is listed on top of the depth chart at the running back position for the Buffs.
"Right now, I feel really good", said Broussard on how he feels psychically. "There wasn't much to it (rehab) except for grinding, staying focused, not getting discouraged, and having my teammates support me to help me through it."
The last time Broussard played in football game-action, he racked up 1,105 yards from scrimmage and 14 total touchdowns in his senior year of high school.
During his sophomore season, Miller played in the first four games of the season, starting two of them. His season ended against Arizona State when he suffered an injury to his knee. In the four games before being sidelined, Miller recorded 10 tackles, two pass break-ups, and his first career interception.
Miller comes back healthy for the Buffs with both a new position and number. Miller is on top of Colorado's depth chart at the STAR position (outside linebacker and safety hybrid), and will be donning the number zero.
"It feels great", said Miller on being able to play football again. "I can't wait to get back out there on game-day. Fans or no fans, I just can't wait to play."
Starting in 2018, the Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award was given to three college football student-athletes on the field during the PlayStation® Fiesta Bowl. The distinction, recognized by sports information directors from CoSIDA, AP, and Touchdown Illustrated, is honored to student-athletes who have overcome an injury or illness in their collegiate football career.