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Mitchell Meyers Diagnosed with Cancer

The starting defensive tackle is battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

According to, starting defensive tackle Mitchell Meyers is battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma.  From the web site:

Meyers will begin receiving treatment on Friday according to Iowa State team physician Dr. Marc Shulman. Shulman noted the normal treatment program lasts at least four months.

"Mitchell's diagnosis is very treatable with a 90 percent curable rate," Shulman said. "He is already in the process of beginning chemotherapy treatments. More positives for Mitchell is that he is in excellent shape and he has an outstanding support system surrounding him."

Meyers started all 12 games on the defensive line last year, recorded a career high six tackles in the win against Iowa, and was a member of the Big XII All Academic Team.

From a football standpoint, Meyers was expected to be part of a four to six man rotation of tackles that received a talent infusion from the JUCO ranks on signing day.  For now though, football will be the last thing on Meyer's mind as he becomes another fighter against a deplorable and disgusting disease.

Best of luck Mitchell, and let's hope to see you on the field sooner rather than later.