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How Kicker Cole Fisher became a Mercer Football record holder

Cole Fisher (#98) breaks the all time scoring record in game against Western Carolina. Photo by Mitch Robinson.
Cole Fisher (#98) breaks the all time scoring record in game against Western Carolina. Photo by Mitch Robinson.

Former Mercer running back Alex Lake had two records that were broken during the Bears’ game against Western Carolina. The first was Mercer’s all time rushing yards record which Tee Mitchell now holds.

The second one is the all-time scoring record, now held by kicker Cole Fisher. What makes this most impressive is that Fisher did not receive a lot of playing time until his sophomore year.

“It says a lot about our offense to be able to accomplish that in three years,” Fisher said about getting the record. “We’ve scored a lot of touchdowns. It hasn’t just been me.”

Fisher credited his teammates with putting him in the position to make those extra point kicks, which he has been able to consistently connect on these and field goal attempts.

In 2016, he connected on 16 of 23 field goal attempts and went a perfect 34-34 for extra point attempts. In 2017, he made 7 of 12 field goal attempts, putting him at 60% that season.

If you are a casual football fan, you may not pay much attention to the kickers and the large role they play in the game, but oftentimes the kickers have the highest scoring statistics on the team.

“We are under-recognized sometimes,” Fisher said. “We like going unrecognized because that means we do everything right. Appreciate us for what we do, and hold us accountable when we do miss.”

Now that Fisher has broken this record, he has several more games left in which he can cement it. The Bears have three more games this season, all three of which are against SoCon competitors.

Last Saturday, the team took a hit in the standings in a loss against Wofford, a team that is currently battling for the first place spot with ETSU.

Depending on how Mercer does in these last couple of games, they have the opportunity to move up in the SoCon standings. The team sits at a 3-2 conference record and is ranked no. 4.

“Of the four years I’ve been here we’re probably in the best position when it comes to this time of year than we have been,” Fisher said. “When it comes to me, my goal was to be 100% on everything.”


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