Working Hard

<b>DeCody Fagg</b> can relate to <b>Craphonso Thorpe's </b> current situation. Thorpe, Florida State's most explosive receiver, will miss the remainder of the season with a broken lower right leg. Thorpe was injured on the next-to-final play in the Seminoles' double-overtime victory over North Carolina State two weeks ago. Fagg, meanwhile, continues his rehabilitation from a broken right leg as well.

Back home in Quincy for the Thanksgiving holidays, Fagg recently had a screw removed from his fractured fibula. The plate that was inserted to help Fagg's recovery will not be removed. His current rehabilitation includes light weight training as well as walking up to 10 minutes on a treadmill.

Fagg hopes to begin jogging lightly when he returns to Hargrave Military Academy next week.

"It's feeling pretty good, getting stronger each day," said Fagg, who was injured on the final play of practice Aug. 16 when tackled low by a teammate following a pass reception.

"I can definitely notice a difference (in strength and size), but I have to be patient and keep working."

Fagg, of course, continues to work on his academics as well.

Fagg, who signed with FSU last February after a stellar prep career at Quincy Shanks, hopes to hear he earned a passing score in his recent ACT test. That would open the door for Fagg to enroll at FSU in January as planned. Hargrave offers an intense post-graduate program that helps student-athletes earn NCAA eligibility requirements.

Fagg said he has struggled in the English portion of recent tests.

"I feel pretty good about it (test)," Fagg said. "The school does a good job helping you prepare."

Fagg, named the Tallahassee Democrat's Big Ben Player of the Year following his senior season that saw him catch 41 passes for 806 yards and 11 touchdowns, has kept a close eye on the Seminoles as well. He felt badly when Thorpe was injured while blocking on a running play, snapping his fibula and tibia.

"I couldn't believe it when I saw it," Fagg said.

Fagg, who hopes to hook up with Thorpe before he returns to school, plans to attend the Seminoles' basketball game tonight against Nicholls State.

Fagg, of course, was a standout hoops player at Shanks as well. He also has had a chance to watch FSU signee Isaiah Swann.

Swann is at Hargrave after playing his senior season at Oak Hill (Va.) Academy, where he averaged 17.0 points and 4.0 assists last season. Swann averaged 22.0 points, four rebounds, six steals and three assists as a junior at Magruder High School in his native Rockville, Md.

"He's an excellent athlete and shooter," Fagg said.

At a recent Hargrave hoops practice, Fagg, who was still wearing his protective boot at the time, showed Swann and others he could still leap.

He easily dunked.

Fagg is hopeful he did the same on the ACT.

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