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With 61 days left until the Virginia Tech battles Georgia Tech, we turn our attention to #61 on roster Mr. Darian Fisher. Fisher was a preferred walk-on back in the 2009 class and so far he’s been able to steadily improve every year he’s been in the program. With any luck, he could find himself as the backup at right tackle when he returns for his senior year in 2013. However, as it stands now, I don’t see him beating out the seniors in Vinston Painter and Michael Via this season. In 2013 though, Fisher may finally have a chance to become a contributor on the offensive line.
Weight: 274 lbs
Position: Right Tackle
High School: First Colonial High School
How Did He Get Here?
Fisher was originally committed to JMU but eventually made the switch to Virginia Tech after offensive line coach Curt Newsome came through with a walk-on opportunity. The Hokies were the only FBS team to offer Fisher a chance to walk-on and compete.
2011 Season Rewind
As a sophomore, Fisher provided depth at right tackle but never saw a chance for any playing time.
It’s never easy to be a walk-on at the division one level, especially on the offensive line. However, Fisher has found a way to steadily improve and work towards his goal of being a starter one day. While I don’t know if he’ll be able to grab the starting job that’s up in the air for 2013, he should be a player who can step in and give the Hokies some solid snaps as a backup. He’ll have some tough competition from some talented youngsters but with his experience in the program, it wouldn’t shock me to see him listed as the backup next season
Here in 2012, I think Fisher could see some snaps if the Hokies blow out a few teams this fall. As long as he continues to dress for games he may have a chance to earn his first career collegiate snap against Austin Peay in week two. Also, if anything happens to Via, Fisher would likely move up to 2nd on the depth chart at right tackle.
Completely Made Up Fact
Fisher was a body double for Biz Markie in his new "Tune up" commercial.
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