Unfortunate news from WKU football on Monday. The program announced via an emailed statement, that redshirt senior quarterback Nelson Fishback will require surgery following an injury suffered while working out at home in California.
Fishback will have surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn pectoral muscle, with the expectation that he'll be sidelined four to six months during recovery.
"This is extremely disappointing for Nelson," said head coach Jeff Brohm. "He has worked hard to put himself in this position and is a young man who does all of the things you would want out of your quarterback. Nelson has always been the kind of teammate you want to have inside and outside of the locker room."
Fishback, who already holds a WKU degree in Sport Management, was competing for the vacancy behind center that was created with the graduation of Brandon Doughty. He worked alongside fellow quarterbacks Mike White, Tyler Ferguson and Drew Eckels throughout the spring and received the start in the spring game, finishing with 209 yards and a touchdown.
With the starting spot remaining open following spring ball, Fishback entered the stretch before the start of fall camp motivated to improve.
"It's good to have a little adversity and to be hungry going into summer and fall camp," he said following his spring game performance.
He has appeared in 11 games during his career and has completed 20 of 26 for 244 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for one touchdown in 2013.