The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers had a historic 2015 season as they went 12-2, won the Conference USA championship and won their second straight bowl game. They did that with quarterback Brandon Doughty at the helm, but it looks like his successor, Nelson Fishback, might not be with the team this year.
Doughty graduated and left for the NFL following the 2015 season and Fishback, who served as his backup and appeared in six games for the Hilltoppers, looked to be in line for the starting job.
However, he announced on Monday that he will have to undergo surgery on a torn pectoral muscle and will miss 4-6 months, meaning he may be out for the entire 2016 season.
He reportedly suffered the injury during a workout at his home in California. The school confirmed the news with a press release Monday afternoon.
“This is extremely disappointing for Nelson. He has worked hard to put himself in this position and is a young man who does all of the things you would want out of your quarterback,” WKU head coach Jeff Brohm said. “Nelson has always been the kind of teammate you want to have inside and outside of the locker room.”
Nelson Fishback came to Western Kentucky in 2013 after spending time at the JUCO level at Butte College in California. He threw for 174 yards and one touchdown while rushing for one that year before redshirting in 2014.
This injury now leaves the Hilltoppers with two quarterbacks with some FBS experience: South Florida transfer Mike White and Penn State and Louisville transfer Tyler Ferguson. White started 15 games in two seasons at South Florida in 2013 and 2014, throwing for 2,722 yards, 11 touchdowns and 16 interceptions, while Ferguson played a backup role to Christian Hackenberg in 2013 before playing a very minimal role at Louisville in 2015.
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