Top 10 college football Comeback Player of the Year candidates


As always, injuries played a role in shaping teams' seasons in 2013. The flipside: The players who missed time in 2013 are back and ready to shape the season again, this time in a good way.

With a nod to the story detailing the top candidates for NFL Comeback Player of the Year, here, then, are 10 candidates for college football's Comeback Player of the Year.

Some of these guys missed the entire '13 season, but all of them missed at least a third of their team's season.

WR Stefon Diggs, Maryland

QB Jeff Driskel, Florida

DE Devonte Fields, TCU

LB Jordan Hicks, Texas

WR Austin Hill, Arizona

TB Duke Johnson, Miami

QB Chuckie Keeton, Utah State

RB Venric Mark, Northwestern

WR Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia

WR Kasen Williams, Washington

While offensive linemen never are going to win any comeback player awards, there are two worth keeping an eye on this fall, tackle Devin Davis at Oklahoma State and guard Dan Feeney at Indiana. Both should be the best players on their lines and have all-league potential. Davis missed the 2013 season with a torn ACL, while Feeney missed the season with a broken foot.

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