Disappointing News

By all accounts, receiver <b>DeCody Fagg</b> was enjoying a solid preseason at Hargrave Military Academy, a renowned prep school that also features the most successful post-graduate football program in the nation. However, it does not appear Fagg will be on the field this season as he was injured in Saturday's practice. Click here for all the details and an update on Fagg's status.

By all accounts, receiver DeCody Fagg was enjoying a solid preseason at Hargrave Military Academy, a renowned prep school that also features the most successful post-graduate football program in the nation.

However, it does not appear Fagg will get the opportunity to contribute on the field as he suffered a broken right leg in practice Saturday afternoon.

DeCody Fagg's father, Don, told TheTerritory Sunday morning that his son fractured his right fibula when tackled on a pass reception. He is not expected to require surgery. Fagg's mother, Audrey Wilson, was scheduled to fly to Chatham, Va., Sunday afternoon but canceled after talking to team physicians.

"I talked to the coaching staff last night (Saturday) and they told me the injury was not career-threatening," Fagg said.

"It's a clean break. I know he's very disappointed because he was looking forward to contributing and getting better. The staff said they were very impressed with DeCody's athletic ability and speed."

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Fagg, a product of Quincy Shanks High School, was selected the Big Bend Offensive Player of the Year by The Tallahassee Democrat this past football season. He caught 41 passes for 806 yards and 11 touchdowns, rushed 25 times for 210 yards and two touchdowns and was a constant threat on special teams. He also was second-team All-Big Bend in basketball and ran track as well for Shanks.

Although signing with Florida State last February, Fagg failed to earn a passing mark on his final attempts at the SAT and ACT. Hargrave offers an intense post-graduate program that helps student-athletes earn NCAA eligibiltiy requirements. Fagg hopes to enroll at FSU in January.

Don Fagg said it's unlikely his son will return to the playing field this season. The normal recovery time from such an injury ranges from six to eight weeks if surgery is not required. Fagg was injured when he came back for an underthrown pass and was tackled low by a cornerback. Don Fagg said his son told him it was the final play of practice.

"I am not real particular about DeCody playing football this season," Fagg said. "I just him to get healthy and get that leg stronger so he's 100 percent when he gets to FSU. He's up there to study anyway, so now he can just concentrate on his academics."

FSU defensive tackle Chris Bradwell arrived in Tallahassee via Hargrave.

In fact, Bradwell was part of a Hjargrave defensive unit that boasted 2001 USA Today National Defensive Player of the Year Ahmad Brooks (Virginia), defensive tackle Brandon Jenkins (Ole Miss), safety Michael Hinton (Virginia Tech), safety Frederick Bennett (South Carolina), defensive tackle Shane Lucas (NC State), defensive end Melik Brown (North Carolina) and defensive end Jyles Tucker (Wake Forest).

Fagg was one of four FSU recruits who did not qualify academically this season.

Hargrave's first srimmage is scheduled for Aug. 23 against Ferrum College. Its regular-season schedule features games against Bridgewater College JV, Virginia Tech JV, United States Naval Academy, University of North Carolina JV, Averett University JV and West Virginia University.


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