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Colorado Buffaloes most important players: #4 Nick Fisher

A steadily improving DB needs to play well this year.

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That’s right, I’m waving the flag for Nick Fisher, as I have been for the last four years. When he signed, I said he was my favorite member of the 2014 class, and that still rings true. After starring in spot duty in 2016, he stepped up to start in 2017, and did just fine. He did well, in fact. Now it’s 2018 and he’s entering his senior year. Fisher is the only true option for the Colorado Buffaloes at his safety position. In zone coverage, there is no Buff better. At breaking on the ball, only Evan Worthington breaks faster or takes better angles. He is just consistent at preventing points, which is the whole point of defense, right?

In this way, his importance to the team can’t be overstated. If he or Worthington miss games for anything, the depth is completely untested and brand new to college football. However, in Worthington’s case, his free-roaming nature could be imitated by other players. Davion Taylor comes to mind. In Nick Fisher’s case, I don’t know if there’s another player I trust in center field. Sure, he has flaws. In man coverage, he can be exposed by faster players. But he rarely should be put in that position. He and Rick Gamboa read offenses better than anyone else on the defense. There’s a reason they are captains.

Fisher has proved his worth time and again, and in 2018, he will be asked to quarterback the secondary. With no clear replacement for his knowledge, zone coverage, or production, it should be obvious why he’s so important.