Auburn Football Stock Report: Riser No. 11

This series of reports features a dozen Auburn football players whose stock is on the rise based on their spring training performances.

Auburn, Ala.--Coming in at No. 11 on our list of Auburn football players whose stock is on the rise is safety Trent Fisher.

An outstanding performer at Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville, Tenn., the school that sent tight end Cooper Wallace and offensive lineman Steven Ross to Auburn. Fisher joined the Auburn team as an invited walk-on in 2010.

Last fall as a redshirt freshman he played in the first eight games on special teams before having his season cut short by an injury vs. LSU.

He bounced back from that and earned praise for his performance at safety in spring drills from new secondary coach Willie Martinez, who likes his toughness, as well as the new defensive coordinator, Brian VanGorder.

By the time the Tigers played their annual A-Day intrasquad game, Fisher had worked his way up the depth chart and was running with the ones in the scrimmage that matched the first offense vs. the first defense and the twos vs. the twos.

Fisher is shown during a spring practice at the Auburn football complex.

Fisher says he is "feeling good" about having the chance to show what he could do this spring.

"I am thankful and feel so blessed to be able to get back out on the practice field coming off that ankle injury," he points out. "I am full speed, ready to go."

With Neiko Thorpe a senior last year and the other returning starter, Demetruce McNeal, suffering a knee injury during spring drills, Fisher was in the right place at the right time to get plenty of attention from the coaches.

VanGorder says he likes what he saw from the safety, the son of Jeff Fisher, who is head coach of the NFL's St. Louis Rams.

"Trent is doing well," VanGorder says. "He is a smart, tough player and has done well in learning our system. He is a guy we hope continues to improve and we hope he will be able to contribute.

"He is a good, solid kid who grew up around football," VanGorder adds. "He is a high character kid who brings smarts and toughness to the game."

Fisher is 6-1, 192 pounds with the frame to add more size. "We hope he will continue to grow and get bigger and stronger this summer," VanGorder says.

The safety notes that he is enjoying being a part of the Auburn football team and competing for playing time. "I am having a lot of fun out there," he says.

The sophomore handled himself well in the spring game in his time on the field running with the ones. Asked about his performance in that contest, he says he concentrated on trying to carry out his assignments. "I had 10 really good players around me," he points out.

Trent Fisher

The walk-on says he is focusing on becoming more consistent. "I still made some mistakes here and there that I have to get cleaned up," he says.

Fisher can handle either free safety or strong safety. "It doesn't matter to me which spot I am at," he says. "With this system everybody has to know what everybody else is doing."

With help from Fisher, who played well in several scrimmages, the defense held the upper hand over the offense for most of the spring. The walk-on says he is encouraged by what he is seeing from the group, but quickly adds the defense is a work in progress.

"We still have a long way to go," he says. "Picking up this new system has been a challenge, but it has been good. I feel like we are all learning football now, which is a good thing. We have a way to go, but we will be ready when September rolls around."

With McNeal and promising sophomores Jermaine Whitehead and Erique Florence competing for starting spots, Fisher will have to play well to stay at the top of the depth chart when preseason practices start in August.

Fisher says that whatever the coaches need him to do, that is what he will be glad to do. "My goal is to help this team out in any way that I can and just do that role to the best of my ability," he says.

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