He’s got the brains, and he’s got the brawn.
Three-year football starter Ky Fisher has been a key figure for Grantsville High School in the classroom and on the gridiron, and the senior just keeps chugging along in the new school year. Fisher has a 4.0 GPA, and he’s the youngest out of his brothers, who all played football for the Cowboys.
GHS head coach Tony Cloward said if he had the ability to clone anybody, he would clone Fisher. Even after all the statistical categories in which Fisher has led the team, including leading the team in tackles and rushing yards in 2011 and 2012, Cloward said there is so much more to the linebacker and running back.
“His leadership, you can’t put that on paper,” he said. “His leadership and the quality of young man that he is are even better than his statistics.”
Fisher’s hard work in the classroom came with a love for math. He said if he had to choose a favorite subject, then math is it.
“Not a lot of people like it, but it’s natural to me,” Fisher said.
Fisher also enjoys watching crime shows on television and hanging out with his Boston Terrier, Buster. His plans for after high school include serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and then on to college.
But until then, he’ll be a force on both sides of the ball for the Cowboys football team.
“He’s Ky Fisher,” Cloward said. “He’s incredible. He’s the youngest of the Fisher boys that have all played here, and they’ve all been good athletes.”
Cloward said Fisher was raised in a good family and is just a good, all-around person and citizen. The key, though, was teaching Fisher to make that switch once he got on the field.
“You can be a gentleman off the field, but as soon as the helmet goes on, we want a warrior,” Cloward said. “And that’s him. He’s just a great combination of speed, explosion and strength. He doesn’t have a big frame; he’s a little shorter in stature. He’s only weighing about 185 right now, but that 185 comes at you full speed, and it’s a very impressive speed.”
It actually took a little while for Fisher to learn to go from nice off the field to fierce on the field.
“It starts in practice,” he said. “If you want to be good, you can’t be nice. I haven’t always been the mean guy on the field. Coaches got after me, and finally I took it personal that I’ve got to be nasty on the field. So I took that mentality.”
Cloward said now that Fisher is one of the team leaders, he’s raised his game in leadership.
“He has been more vocal,” Cloward said. “Obviously when he was younger he didn’t dare say a whole lot being the young guy, but he’s always been a leader because he works so darn hard, and he’s been so darn good, that others just automatically attract to him and follow his example and his lead.”
Cloward said Fisher has been more vocal this year than any, but it’s the example that he sets with his work ethic that really makes the difference.
“Kids just follow him,” Cloward said. “They respect him so much because of what he’s capable of doing and who he is that they just follow.”
Cloward has no doubt that Fisher will excel in life and make his own dreams come true.
“He’s going to be successful,” he said. “If he puts that type of work ethic and desire he has into school and football, he’s going to be fine. He’s going places. He’s not necessarily looking to play football at the next level. I don’t think he’d turn away that opportunity, but he’s realistic enough to say ‘I love it, but my future is not in it. My future is in some kind of educational platform.’ So he’s going to be very successful, go on to college and be a great college student. He’ll be a great member of the community because he already is.”