Jovan Dewitt, Nebraska’s outside linebacker coach and special team’s coordinator, is battling a form of cancer in his throat.
Head coach Scott Frost revealed the diagnosis during an appearance on the Husker Sports Nightly radio show Wednesday night, adding that Dewitt will be missing some time when the Huskers begin spring practices next Monday.
“I think it came, according to the doctors, from an illness that he had earlier in the year," Frost said told host Greg Sharpe. “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 percent chance that it's a curable type of cancer and he's going through the necessary things to try to win it.”
Dewitt, Frost said, will have Nebraska’s full support throughout the process and Nebraska will allow him the time he needs away from football. The focus will be on his health.
"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."
With 18 total years of coaching experience, including nine seasons as a defensive coordinator and four years as a special teams coordinator, Dewitt came to Nebraska after serving two seasons in Orlando in the same role he currently serves in. In 2017, Dewitt’s linebackers helped UCF rank third in the AAC in scoring defense and pass efficiency defense.
Before UCF, Dewitt ran special teams for Army West Point while also coaching outside linebackers. Dewitt also served as the defensive coordinator for Northern Iowa from 2009 to 2011, arriving one year after Frost left for Oregon.