College Spotlight: Bailey Fisher To Play Final Two Years At Gardner-Webb

Legendary coach Lee Shaw said it best about Bailey Fisher. “He wills wins,” Shaw exclaimed during the 2017 Rabun County State Championship game run. To that end, Fisher was 36-4 as the starting QB for the Wildcats, guiding the program to a title game appearance and was instrumental in all 4 region titles during his time there. Fast forward a few years, and it’s more of the same for Fisher. He took a 1-10 Tennessee Tech team and turned it into a 6-6 competitor from his freshman to sophomore season.

That kind of talent and leadership morphed the Golden Eagles, and now Fisher has a chance to take that mentality to Gardner-Webb, where he recently transferred do just weeks after entering the portal.

“I’ve always been a team first guy so I don’t worry about individual awards and things of that sort,” says Fisher. “My main goal here is to do whatever it takes to help the team win. I’ll be playing two years at Gardner-Webb and would love to leave with two conference championships.”

He will once again get a chance to take a team and make them winners. The last full season (2019) for Gardner-Webb saw the program go 3-9. Fisher himself didn’t play in the Covid-shortened 2020 season due to injury, so he’s itching to get back on the gridiron. His time at Tennessee Tech saw him put up monster numbers, as he passed for 4,304 yards and 32 TD against 17 picks. He rushed for 835 yards and 13 TD as well.

“I really enjoyed my time at Tennessee Tech,” says Fisher. “I developed friendships that will last a lifetime with my teammates and made some great memories. Battling through different injuries was probably the hardest part during my time there. After I got hurt in the spring I had a lot of time to reflect and just think about what is best for my future. After talking with my family and mentors that I have back home is when I knew it was time for me to make a change.”

The move to Gardner-Webb wasn’t entirely random. Fisher had a connection to head coach Tre Lamb, who was the Offensive Coordinator for Fisher during his stellar 2019 season in which he broke 6 school records and passed for 2,643 yards and 21 TD and rushed for 489 yards and 11 TD. Fisher was also named Freshman of the Year for the Ohio Valley Conference in his 2018 season under the direction of Lamb.

“Deciding to transfer was one of the hardest decisions I have made and something I took very seriously,” states Fisher. “I wanted to go somewhere where I could be myself out on the field and hopefully have success playing, but more importantly somewhere that sets me up for the most success for life after football. Gardner-Webb was exactly what I was looking for. I’m most excited about getting to know my teammates and developing friendships with these guys and hopefully we win a lot of games while doing it!”

Fisher should be in a great position to do all that he has envisioned, especially if he can stay healthy. As the injuries have mounted for him throughout his time in college football, he continues to use those experiences as building blocks.

“I played my whole freshman season with a left shoulder separation and late in that season I partially tore my ACL causing me to miss the last game,” tells Fisher. “Sophomore year I stayed healthy the whole season. This past year I separated my right shoulder during the second game of the spring season, but I am back healthy now and ready for the upcoming season in the fall. These injuries have made me better because it’s when adversity strikes that your true character shows and I have been able to grow as a player and person because of these injuries. I’m just thankful that the Lord has blessed me with the opportunity to play football at the Division 1 level!”

Fisher left Rabun County as one of the top QBs in state history, tallying 113 TD passes (4th most at the time of graduation), 9,383 passing yards (6th at the time), and 170 overall TDs. He rushed for 3,075 yards in his high school career, which game him a grand total of 12,458 total yards and 170 total TD (113 passing, 57 rushing).

Fisher and his new Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs, members of the Big South Conference, open the 2021 season on September 4 against Georgia Southern.

College Spotlight Framed Print (11×17) – Bailey Fisher 2021

College Spotlight Framed Print (11×17) – Bailey Fisher 2021


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