April 16, 2007

Big play Ray

At one time in his high school days, 5-foot-9, 170-pound Ray Fisher was a
pretty heralded prospect at Glenville High School in Ohio. There he stood out as
a two-way back for Ted Ginn, Sr.'s team as an underclassmen despite a roster
full of high major recruits. Then just before it came time for him to really hog
the spotlight as a senior, an injury that led to surgery on his right knee took
away his entire season. That absence helped Fisher fall a bit off the
radar and led to a transition type true freshman campaign this past fall in

"I feel way more comfortable," said Fisher. "Last year I was kind of
tentative doing things because I had torn my ACL (in high school) but now I got
the feeling in this spring ball and really saw and recognized a lot of things
out there and just feel way more comfortable."

Despite that tentative play the young receiver earned one start last fall and
played he all 11 games for Indiana. He caught 24 passes for 215 yards.

One thing Fisher did not do during his initial campaign was get a touchdown.
On Saturday he showed that shouldn't happen again when he caught a short right
sideline pass from quarterback Kellen Lewis and broke free to scamper for a
67-yard score, the biggest play of Saturday's season ending spring scrimmage.

"Was just thinking catch the ball and get upfield just like coach preaches to
me everyday," said Fisher. "When I got the ball I saw (James) Hardy close
him off and I just took it."

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