Fitch to miss four to six months with injury

Updated: April 2, 2004, 5:13 PM ET
Associated Press

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Air Force quarterback Adam Fitch will be out for four to six months after rupturing the Achilles tendon in his right leg.

Fitch, who was listed as the first-team quarterback, was injured during practice Thursday.

"This is a big blow to our program," said head football coach Fisher DeBerry. "I know what kind of competitor Adam is and I know he'll work hard to come back from this. This opens the door now for some other players. Somebody will have to step up."

Fitch is the most experienced quarterback on the roster. He played in six games last season as the backup to Chance Harridge, rushing for 51 yards on 20 carries and completing nine of 14 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown. He replaced Harridge in the Northwestern game and rallied the team to victory.

Sophomore Andy Gray from Phoenix and freshman Luke Ewing of Leslie, Mich., are now the top quarterbacks on the depth chart.

Spring drills conclude April 15.

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