Going to work on a Monday can be tough, but Nebraska outside linebackers coach Jovan Dewitt almost certainly loved it this week.
Husker head coach Scott Frost said on Jim Rome's radio show Monday afternoon that Dewitt, who's battled a form of throat cancer in recent months, was in his office earlier in the day and is starting to get back involved in the football program.
"Things look like they're going really well for him, so our prayers are with him and we're going to do everything we can for him," Frost said.
Dewitt was diagnosed in January and went through months of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. He spoke with reporters once during spring football and said, to that point, he had only missed one practice but had been limited in what he could do on the field and in meeting rooms.
Dewitt also said that his form of cancer has around a 95% cure rate, but that's only a small reassurance when life is in the balance.
“It’s really a surreal process to realize that you are truthfully facing something that can kill you,” Dewitt said in March. “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.”
At that time, Dewitt said his treatment was on schedule to conclude some time in April.
On April 30, Dewitt, who had used a feeding tube through his treatments in order to make sure he was getting enough nutrients, tweeted, "Chewed food for the first time since Feb. 10. (Paleo pancake) wasn’t much but it’s a new beginning."