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  • Writer's pictureMark Schlabach

UVa football’s Hollins and Fields semifinalists for college football’s Comeback Player of the Year

Malachi Fields (Wide Receiver) and Mike Hollins (Running Back) received awards for resilience and perseverance.

The Virginia football team’s wide receiver Malachi Fields and running back Mike Hollins are two semifinalists for the College Sports Communicator, Associated Press, and Fiesta Bowl Organization’s Comeback Player of the Year Award. This award honours players that fought through hardship and injury, returned to the pitch, and made significant contribution to his team respectively.

Malachi Fields: Rising from the Ashes

The road that led Malachi Fields to be a come back player of the year nominee was that of resilience. Fields sustained a serious knee injury in the Cavs’ fourth game during the 2021 season. It took a considerable toll on Virginia as well as Fields himself. Nonetheless, Fields decided to pick himself up together and come back to the pitch even stronger.

However, Fields did not retire but went for some medical treatment. A few months later, in the spring of 2022, he again visited the practice field. Despite the situation, he put in all his efforts to return to tip-top shape, and it seemed like he was set for the upcoming year’s offensive plays. He was number one of the Cavaliers in receptions as well as receiving yardage amounting to almost 600 yards in addition to his four TDs in 2022. He was also important as a member of special teams and covered 21 punts with 13.1 yards per returned kick.

Mike Hollins: Battling Back from Injury

That is what occurred with Malachi Fields and Mike Hollins’ stories are also quite similar. Hollins sustained an injury of the torn ACL on his right knee following the Cavs’ second game in 2020. Hollins was unable to play for the rest of the year due to this injury. Nevertheless, Hollins vowed to come back to court and demonstrate his relevance as an asset to the Cavaliers.

Hollins came back to playfield in 2021 where he had 415 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He also had 17 receptions for 143 yards. In 2022, Hollins played even more important part in Cavaliers’s offense. He had a total of 551 rushing yards and three touchdowns, along with 14 receptions for 88 yards.

A Testament to Their Perseverance

Their persistence and dedication have seen them selected among Malachi Fields and Mike Hollins, the semifinalists for the Comeback Player of the year trophy. As a result, both players have been able to bounce back from injuries and make meaningful contributions to their team’s overall performance. All athletes who have experienced such difficulties and defeats should find inspiration in them.


Hats off to Malachi Fields and Mike Hollins who are semifinalists for the College Sports Communicators, Associated Press and Fiesta Bowl organization Comeback player of the year award. They symbolize that with determination, perseverance, and commitment one can achieve anything.

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