Kale Pick's senior season lasted just one half.
The University of Arkansas quarterback commit had surgery on his thumb on Tuesday and now must start a 12-week rehab program.
Pick, who was on hand for the Razorbacks' 46-26 win over Troy, had been optimistic that the pain in his hand was just something simple.
"Kale has always been the optimist so he was hoping for the best and trying not to make too big a deal out of it," noted Mark Pick, Kale's dad. "But we went in and got him checked out and they said we need to just go ahead and take care of this thing right now.
"As you can imagine, he's quite down about all this, especially happening during his senior season," Pick added. "The doctor said it was an injury to his ulnar collateral ligament."
Per a medical dictionary, the ulnar collateral ligament of the thumb runs along the ulnar side of the metacarpo-phalangeal joint of the thumb. Injuries to it cause instability and loss of function of the thumb. Acutely this injury is known as the Skier's thumb or if the result of chronic injury Gamekeeper's thumb.
"The bad thing is that it takes 12 weeks to heal up, but the good thing is that when that is over, he will be as good as new," Mark Pick said.
Pick completed 11-of-15 passing for 255 yards and four touchdowns while playing just a half in his team's 47-13 season-opening win over Wichita South.
His hand was sandwiched between a pair of helmets late in the second quarter.
The surgery comes just a few days before Dodge City's game with Wichita East, a contest that will be nationally televised Friday night by ESPNU at 7 p.m.
Pick, who chose Arkansas over Nebraska and a late offer from Oklahoma, is considering coming to Arkansas at mid-term and going through spring practice.
"He's still really considering that," Pick said. "If anything I think it will make him want to do it more and get up there and work with Coach (David) Lee right away."
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