Fish Out of Water

UA commit Reggie Fish has surgery on Monday, but is excited about his future and planning on showing up in Fayetteville much earlier than anticipated.

With his high school career ending much earlier than he wanted, future Razorback Reggie Fish, Jr. is now looking to the future at the University of Arkansas with some excitement.

Fish, (5-7, 150, 4.4) a quarterback from Mesquite, Texas, who will be a wideout in college and committed to the UA back in August, had surgery Monday on his shoulder and is done for the season according to his dad.

"He came through it okay and is doing fine," Reggie Fish, Sr., said Wednesday afternoon. "He's definitely out for the rest of the year. But the best thing is that it happened early enough that he will be over halfway done healing once he gets to Arkansas in January.

Indeed Fish is on pace to be a mid-term graduate and could possibly go through spring practice if healed up in time.

Fish, who rushed for 174 yards and passed for 301 in his two-plus games this season, suffered the injury in the third quarter of the Skeeters' third game of the 2004 campaign. He rushed for over 800 yards and passed for over 400 as a junior.

"I was just running a play and got tackled and my shoulder hurt," Fish said soon after the injury. "It hurt, but I had no idea it would be as bad as it was."

Fish was named the Reebok Offensive MVP at last January's U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio and has a big fan Garrett Shea, the Football Director at SportsLink who ran the combine.

"Reggie is an ultra quick, explosive athlete who can create instant offense," Shea writes. "What Reggie lacks in size he makes up for in speed and quickness. I can't imagine finding a quicker athlete in the country than Reggie. What is even more impressive to me is that he is an outstanding young man both on and off the field."

The elder Fish, a former college teammate of Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt at Oklahoma State, said his son was pretty bummed out, but is bouncing back.

"He was very disappointed and down about it as you can imagine," Mr. Fish said. "But now he's just looking ahead and excited about being a Razorback."

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