WKU QB Nelson Fishback out for season

WKU quarterback Nelson Fishback, center, looks for an open receiver during a WKU football team practices on Tuesday April 12, 2016 at L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, Ky. Shaban Athuman/HERALD

John Reecer

On Monday afternoon, redshirt senior quarterback Nelson Fishback announced via his twitter page that he would be missing his last season on the Hill.

Fishback recently sustained an injury to his right pectoral tendon, which he says will “require repair.” The injury has an estimated recovery time of four to six months, according to a WKU press release.

“This is extremely disappointing for Nelson,” Head Coach Jeff Brohm said in a statement. “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. Nelson has always been the kind of teammate you want to have inside and outside of your locker room.”

Fishback was one of the primary candidates to replace former quarterback Brandon Doughty as the team’s starter for this upcoming season.

In his time on the Hill, Fishback completed 20 of 26 passes (76.9 completion percentage) for 244 yards passing and a touchdown. He also rushed for one touchdown in 2013. He is a 6-foot-2, 215-pound native of Durham, California. He first came to WKU for the 2013 season as a transfer from Butte College.

Fishback graduated with his undergraduate degree in Sport Management this past school year and was named to the Conference-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll this season.

“This is not the end of this journey in this great sport that has brought me so many great experiences,” said Fishback in a statement on Twitter. “I plan on finishing my masters degree here at WKU while doing everything possible to help my teammates, coaches and most of all my fellow quarterbacks in our goals and endeavors this upcoming season.”

The candidates to be WKU’s starting quarterback for next season include graduate senior Tyler Ferguson, redshirt junior Mike White, redshirt sophomore Drew Eckels and incoming freshman Steven Duncan.

In his statement, Fishback thanked Coach Brohm for his leadership and for always believing in him.

“Western Kentucky University is an amazing place filled with wonderful people who truly care for one another and pick each other up in times trials and tribulations,” Fishback said. “I am so fortunate to be a part of such an amazing group of people who I can honestly say are my family.”