Bulls junior shows off his versatility
Brian Fisher runs for a TD, catches a TD and returns kicks.
By LOUIS MURO
Published August 31, 2003
ALABAMA - USF's Brian Fisher brought the triple threat back to college football Saturday.
Fisher did not use the old "pass, run and kick." The junior from Pensacola played receiver and quarterback and returned kicks during a 40-17 loss to Alabama.
Fisher caught a touchdown as a receiver, scored on a 17-yard run as a quarterback and returned six kicks for 118 yards.
"(Fisher) is one of our best players, and he can do so many good things," USF coach Jim Leavitt said. "We feel like we can use him anywhere."
Fisher said he doesn't favor any position.
"I just play hard wherever I go," he said. "I just want to win."
Fisher's big day began early. Facing second and 6 at the Alabama 13, quarterback Ronnie Banks rolled right and found Fisher, who made a diving catch for a 7-0 lead.
With the score 7-7 in the second quarter and USF driving, Fisher lined up at quarterback. He then surprised Alabama with a 17-yard touchdown run on an option.
"It wasn't a run all the way," Fisher said. "I had the option to pitch it or keep it, and I found an opening and went for the end zone."
Fisher was a quarterback in high school, rushing and passing for more than 1,000 yards in 2000 to help lead Pensacola Pine Forest to a Class 4A state championship.
Fisher also returned two punts, one for 17 yards, and his long on four kickoff returns was 27 yards.
"As long as I get to touch the ball, I'm happy," Fisher said. "When they call me to play quarterback at practice, I just go. I would play offensive line if they needed me to."
Despite his play, Fisher said he was disappointed by the loss.
"I couldn't tell you what happened in the second half," he said. "We fully expected to win, but we didn't play up to par in the second half."
Center Alex Herron said he likes to see Fisher enter the game.
"I love having him back there," he said. "It gives us another dimension."
Herron also said Fisher has another weapon available.
"He's a good passer, too," Herron said. "He just hasn't done it yet."
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