Fyfe talks injury, starting and more

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There are question marks heading into the bowl game about who will be under center for Nebraska against Tennessee.

Senior quarterback Tommy Armstrong is in doubt because of a severe hamstring injury, and that means that Ryker Fyfe is once again getting first team reps — an uncertain picture is kind of the nature of the beast for a backup quarterback.

“Kind of the story of my career,” Fyfe joked.

There’s also some question about Fyfe, however. The senior backup still hasn’t been able to take a snap under center because of a broken wrist that requires a cast on his non-throwing hand.

“Last few weeks, I’ve been doing the same thing. You just have to prepare like you’re going to start and if he comes back, that’s their decision. Other than that, I just go out and practice hard everyday,” Fyfe said. “Right now they’re just preparing me to start. They haven’t told me when Tommy is coming back, if he’s coming back.”

That was a similar situation to the regular season finale against Iowa. Fyfe had surgery for a broken wrist hours after Nebraska’s win over Maryland, while Armstrong nursed a sore hamstring. Fyfe said he guessed both he and Armstrong were at about 30 percent for that game, which Armstrong a bit more healthier.

“It would have been all shotgun. It would have been tough,” Fyfe said about if he could have played against Iowa. “I had a broken wrist. I had surgery five days prior. I would have been able to do it, but it would have been a lot tougher. It obviously hurt pretty bad.”

He gave credit to Armstrong for making the start, and playing the whole game against the Hawkeyes.

“He could barely run,” Fyfe said. “He has a torn hamstring and that usually lasts 4-6 weeks and he came back in a week. You have to give him a lot of credit.”

The injury occurred to Fyfe’s non-throwing hand in the win over Maryland. In the third quarter, he dropped back…and kept dropping before being thrown to the turf. The referee asked if Fyfe was OK, and the quarterback joked that he had broken his wrist, and laughed. Turns out, he was right.

Fyfe said the cast will likely remain on his wrist until the bowl game, and that he hopes to be able to start taking snaps under center next week.

He said he feels confident in how he would be able to play against the Volunteers if called upon, and mentioned that a start in his final game would be an honor.

“It would mean a lot to be able to go out and play hard one last game and hopefully finish the career on a high note,” Fyfe said.

Fyfe said a bowl win would also go a long way for Nebraska’s returning players, giving them momentum heading into next season.

“Ending on a high note, and you don’t want to go out like that as a senior,” Fyfe said. “We want to come out and play as hard as we can and hopefully get 10 wins.”

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