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37 Days Until Hawkeye Football: Kyler Fisher

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The walk-on from Iowa was an all-state player his senior year

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We are BACK. The Big Ten announced a start on October 24th (or 23rd) so we will pick up almost literally where we left off with #37 on the countdown.

A little history lesson with a prior former walk-on, Brandon Snyder. His touchdown against Illinois was a truly cathartic moment in his first game after recovering from an ACL tear.

Kyler Fisher, RS Freshman
Farnhamville, IA (SE Valley)
5’11”, 213 lbs
2020 Projection: Reserve defensive back

The redshirt freshman chose Iowa over a scholarship offers from Minnesota State and Upper Iowa to join Iowa’s 2019 class. At the time, he told HawkeyeReport “I’ve always dreamed of playing Division I football and being able to do so in my home state is an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”

The all-stater at the 2A level, he accrued over 2500 yards and 36 touchdowns as a running back. He also added 63 tackles, 4 forced fumbles, and an interception on defense as a linebacker, though he projects as a safety at Iowa.

His senior tape is primarily offensive, and why would it not be with those kind of numbers? He shows impressive burst and shiftiness as he tears through defenders. On defense, though, he uses that burst well in coverage and is a willing tackler.

Phil Parker is not afraid to go to walk-ons over scholarship guys so the opportunity is certainly there. It might be a little quick to presume a huge role for him just yet. If he’s able to contribute to special teams over the next couple years, it would be a huge lift for the freshman.