Cal Poly senior Chris Fletcher will miss the remainder of the football season after breaking his leg during the Mustangs’ 35-21 loss to Arizona State last week.
Fletcher was injured with less than five minutes remaining in the third quarter when he broke up a pass between Sun Devils quarterback Mike Bercovici and wide receiver Kody Kohl.
The Chula Vista native still finished the game with a team-high eight tackles. Fletcher’s 18 tackles in the first two contests were the most among Big Sky Conference defensive backs.
Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh confirmed the injury following practice Wednesday morning at the Upper Sports Complex, saying Fletcher would have surgery Thursday with a three-month timetable for recovery.
“The part that’s unfortunate for all that stuff if you’re a senior, you can’t get the year back,” Walsh said. “You try to tell these guys how important every play is because you don’t know in this game. You’re never ready to deal with what he’s got to deal with, but he’s going to graduate and he’s got some good things to him.”
Fletcher finished his 25-game career with 102 tackles, 13 pass breakups, 14 passes defended and one interception.
The Mustangs’ secondary was considered one of the more inexperienced position groups heading into fall camp. Senior safety Kaulin Blair was injured during Cal Poly’s fall scrimmage and has yet to return, and the loss of Fletcher will test the team’s depth moving forward.
Senior Fernando Cabico will start in Fletcher’s place Saturday night when No. 9-ranked Northern Iowa visits Alex G. Spanos Stadium. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Cabico intercepted a pass and made one tackle against Arizona State. He’s played in 30 games during his career.
“He may not look the part, but we have a lot of faith in what Fernando can do,” Walsh said. “We’re going to wish Chris the best and hopefully we’re gonna respect the fact that he can’t play by how we play.”