Kentucky redshirt sophomore linebacker Josh Paschal, diagnosed a year ago with malignant melanoma, has finished his immunotherapy treatments and is ready to get back to work.
Wildcats coach Mark Stoops said he's easing Paschal back into play but having a hard time doing so.
"Josh is remarkable," Stoops told reporters after a scrimmage on Saturday. "We talk about it a lot but it's the truth. He's a real inspiration to a lot of us. He got done with his treatment last Wednesday and sat out Thursday and Friday he came right back out there. It was hot. It was one of those days that were very humid and hot. He got a little sick. But he doesn't want to be out long.
"A few days prior to his treatment, I had to pull him out and I sent him in just to get a shower and cool off because he just wasn't feeling great. But he doesn't want to ever come out, but we have to make sure we do a great job of managing him. Our staff does a great job. Our trainers do a great job and brought it to my attention. He argued with me for about five minutes and I said 'No, no. Get in and hit the showers.'"
The malignant melanoma was found on the bottom of his right foot. He underwent three surgeries and had monthly immunotherapy treatments. He was able to play in three games at the end of the 2018 season and take a redshirt season.
As a freshman in 2017, Paschal had 17 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss and a blocked kick in 13 games for the Wildcats.
--Field Level Media