It’s been a challenging but triumphant year for Josh Paschal.
The sophomore edge rusher was expected to have a major role in Kentucky’s defense this season, but those plans got sidelined by a diagnosis of malignant melanoma on the bottom of his foot over the summer.
Paschal would receive treatment for several months, including surgery and immunotherapy treatments, and it looked like playing in 2018 was not an option.
However, Paschal battled the odds and made his way back onto the field for Kentucky in their November win over Middle Tennessee. He also played against Louisville the following week and has three total tackles with one tackle for loss this season.
As a freshman, Paschal played in all 13 games and showed immense potential at a position of need. He was expected to start opposite of senior standout Josh Allen this year, but the recovery process ultimately held him out of game action for the first 11 weeks of the regular season.
Though he didn’t see playing time, Paschal worked tirelessly to make sure he not only got back onto the football field, but he did so just three months after his cancer diagnosis.
Now, the fine folks at Kentucky Wildcats TV have released a documentary on Paschal’s journey back to the football field, and it’s a must-watch, especially during the holiday season: