Gaining Strength

<B>DeCody Fagg </b> continues his recovery from a broken leg suffered in preseason practice in August at Hargrave Military Academy. Home for the holidays, Fagg ran routes, weight-lifted and also got in a little Christmas shopping with friends Tuesday. Additionally, Fagg could find out as soon as Friday if he earned eligibility requirements to enroll at Florida State next month.

"He looks like he's getting his speed back, just like the doctors said he would," Decody's father, Don Fagg, told TheTerritory Wednesday morning. "Everything is fine, right on schedule."

Fagg had a screw removed from his fractured fibula last month. The plate that was inserted to help Fagg's recovery will not be removed. How far has Fagg prgressed in a month?

His rehabilitation in November featured light weight training as well as walking up to 10 minutes on a treadmill. Fagg was running routes, lifting weights -- he's benching 260 pounds -- and having fun Tuesday.

Fagg, of course, is also hopeful he earned a passing test on his recent ACT that would allow him to enroll at FSU. Fagg signed with FSU in February but was not qualified academically.

Fagg told TheTerritory he scored a 16 on an earlier ACT and had thought he had qualifed. However, he needs to score an 18 to be eligible. If he passes, Don Fagg said he and DeCody would drive to Virginia to pick up his belongings. Fagg also recently took the SAT as well.

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, a 6-1, 195-pounder, was 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 at Quincy Shanks. He suffered a broken leg during preseason drills at Hargrave, when a defender tackled him low on the final play of practice following a reception.

"DeCody's leg is not quite strong enough to make the cuts on short routes, but he's running the longer routes without any trouble," Don Fagg said. "He's running real good and looks real good."

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