Oregon State quarterback Jake Luton, a graduate of Marysville Pilchuck High School, was one of three college football players selected Thursday as the Mayo Clinic Comeback Players of the Year.
Luton, a senior, shared the award with Georgia Southern offensive lineman Drew Wilson and Salisbury State receiver Octavion Wilson.
The winners will be honored Dec. 28 at the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Fiesta Bowl.
Luton suffered season-ending injuries the past two seasons, but returned this year to pass for 28 touchdowns. He completed 62% of his passes for 2,714 yards and threw just three interceptions.
Octavion Wilson started his career at NCAA Division III powerhouse Mount Union, but was forced to give up football and school after a heart condition led to lingering issues with pain and eventually depression. He returned to the game after three years away.
Drew Wilson returned to action this fall and regained his starting job after missing all of last season recovering from a detached retina that left him legally blind in his right eye. He needed four surgeries to fix the eye.
A $30,000 donation will be made to the general scholarship funds of the winners’ schools.
The other nominees were Notre Dame defensive back Shaun Crawford, Saint Xavier quarterback Alex Martinez, Kentucky defensive end Josh Paschal, Chapman offensive lineman Hunter Spriggs, Northern Iowa receiver Isaiah Weston and Minnesota defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr.