When Fisher leads the Seminoles
onto the field on Sept. 4 against Samford University it will mark the first
time since Nov. 22, 1975 someone other than Bobby Bowden has been at the helm
of the Florida State football program.
Fisher, however, is no
stranger to the visiting Bulldogs out of Birmingham, Ala. In 1987, he was
Samford's record-setting, starting quarterback and won NCAA Division III
National Player of the Year honors during a season when he threw a record 34
touchdown passes. One of the most popular photos in the Fisher family album
that season was him sitting on the Samford bench wearing a Florida State
baseball cap. A year later, Fisher began his coaching career as a student
assistant at Samford, mentoring quarterbacks.
In a twist of irony, Fisher's
first game as a head coach at any level will come against Samford, which turned
out another quarterback who earned Little All-American honors as a player for
then-Howard College and enjoyed a bit of success at the college level. His
name? Bobby Bowden.