It seems like yesterday Bailey Fisher was leading the Rabun County Wildcats to the State Championship game…probably because it was not too long ago. Just months removed from graduating, Fisher has moved on from Tiger to Tennessee Tech, earned a starting job and already notched a conference player of the week award.
Making that jump appears easy for Fisher, but he’ll be the first to tell you it isn’t that simple.
“The biggest difference is just the speed of the game,” says Fisher. “I have to make all my reads quicker because everything happens so much faster.”
Fisher’s high school career is well-documented as a recent BLITZ Hall of Famer inductee. He was 36-4 as a starter, with three of those losses came in the state quarterfinals or deeper. He was a part of four straight region title teams and three 2A Quarterfinal runs or deeper. He finished his career with 113 TD passes, fourth most all-time in state history, and 9,383 yards, sixth most all-time. He tallied 170 career touchdowns (113 passing, 57 rushing), while rushing for 3,075 yards, giving him a total of 12,458 total yards of offense.
But once you get on a college campus, none of those numbers matter to your coaches, teammates, and fans. Fisher had to earn his spot as the starter.
“I love to compete, so competing for the starting spot was fun and it helped that I had a good group of guys around me competing with me every day,” adds Fisher. “It was great hearing that I was going to be the starter for Week 1.”
Through nine games in 2018, Fisher has 1,613 passing yards and 11 TD against six interceptions, as well as 338 rushing yards and another two touchdowns. He put together a huge game on September 29 against Easter Illinois, throwing for 383 yards and 4 TD, both collegiate career highs. His most recent outing, November 3 against Murray State, Fisher led the Golden Eagles to their first victory of the year. He was 21-of-34 passing (62%) for 228 yards and 2 TD, and added 76 rushing yards and a touchdown, earning Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week for his efforts.
Fisher is physically gifted, but remains humble and recognizes that Rabun County, a college football playmaker factory, has paved the way to this success.
“Coach [Lee] Shaw does a great job preparing us for the next level,” says Fisher. “The way that we would train in the off-season was always very difficult and that definitely helped prepare me for college training. Also, the way we practiced is very similar to here at Tennessee Tech. Coach Shaw and Coach Jay [Jaybo Shaw] helped me understand the game more, and Coach Jay taught me how to prepare in the film room as well as in practice day in and day out. I’ll always be thankful for the whole coaching staff back home.”
Fisher’s Rabun County senior year was one for the record books [70 total TDs] — 3,341 yds passing and 43 TD, as well as 1,283 rush yds and another 27 TD on the ground — all career single-season highs and Rabun County records.
Feature Photo by Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles