|Position:||Assistant Coach - Defensive Backs|
Former NFL cornerback Travis Fisher is in his second season on the Husker sideline in 2019, where he serves as the defensive backs coach. Fisher followed Scott Frost to Lincoln after coaching the defensive backs at UCF, his alma mater, in 2016 and 2017. Fisher is in his fourth season overall as a member of Frost's staff in 2019.
Fisher made an instant impact on the Husker secondary in 2018, when Nebraska produced impressive results as a team and individually. NU ranked 34th nationally in pass efficiency defense in 2018, a 61-spot improvement from 2017, when the Huskers ranked 95th in that category. Sophomore Dicaprio Bootle shined under Fisher's guidance in 2018, earning All-Big Ten accolades. Bootle set career highs in every category and led the Big Ten and ranked ninth nationally with 15 pass breakups, the second-highest total in school history. At the opposite corner spot, Lamar Jackson posted his best season as a Husker, intercepting the first two passes of his career, breaking up a career-high seven passes and recording the first tackle for loss and forced fumble of his career. Jackson's interception against Troy was the first pick by a Husker cornerback in 21 games. Each of Nebraska's five primary safeties had at least one interception and one fumble forced or recovered in 2018. All told, Fisher's secondary recorded eight interceptions, forced eight fumbles and had four fumble recoveries, helping Nebraska post its highest turnover total in four seasons. The secondary also combined for 41 pass breakups, helping Nebraska rank ninth in school history with 58 total pass breakups.
At UCF, he helped Frost and defensive coordinator Erik Chinander turn the UCF defense into one of the top units in the American Athletic Conference. Fisher’s defensive backs were a big reason why the Knights were able to record 58 takeaways and score nine defensive touchdowns the past two seasons. UCF ranked third nationally in takeaways over the 2016 and 2017 seasons combined, and the Knights ranked fifth with 35 interceptions, including 26 from Fisher’s defensive backs. In 2017, UCF led the AAC and was second nationally in interceptions.
In 2017, Fisher’s unit helped UCF go 13-0 as the nation's only undefeated team while posting the first perfect season in school and American Athletic Conference history. The Knights led the league in interceptions and defensive touchdowns and ranked third in scoring defense and pass efficiency defense. UCF’s 20 interceptions not only led the conference but ranked fifth nationally, with 15 of the interceptions by Fisher’s defensive backs, two of which were returned for touchdowns.
One of those interceptions was a game-ending pick by Tre Neal in the second overtime of the American Athletic Conference Championship win over No. 16 Memphis. Another was an interception by Antwan Collier with 24 seconds remaining that sealed the Knights' Peach Bowl win over No. 7 Auburn. Cornerback Mike Hughes and safety Kyle Gibson were both first-team all-conference selections and both players ranked in the top 25 nationally in interceptions. Hughes, a first-year junior college transfer, went on to earn second-team All-America honors before being a first-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, eclipsing Fisher as the highest-drafted defensive back in Central Florida history.
The production of Fisher’s defensive backs in 2017 came after five defensive backs from the 2016 roster signed NFL contracts following the season, including third-round draft pick Shaquill Griffin.
Led by Griffin, Fisher’s defensive backs played a big role in UCF’s 2016 season, when the Knights were the nation’s most-improved team. UCF posted the top pass efficiency defense in the American Athletic Conference and the 12th-best mark nationally, while the defensive backs totaled 12 of the Knights’ 15 interceptions – a total that ranked 22nd nationally. The group also returned four interceptions for touchdowns, helping UCF rank third nationally with five defensive touchdowns. Individually, Griffin led the AAC and was fifth nationally with 1.5 passes defended per game, and his 15 pass breakups in 2017 and 36 career breakups were both the second-most in UCF history. Drico Johnson also set a school record by becoming the first UCF player to score two defensive touchdowns in one game, accomplishing the feat against Tulane.
A former Knight cornerback, Fisher also spent the 2015 season at UCF, where he coached the cornerbacks in his first season as an FBS assistant. Fisher began his coaching career as a defensive quality control assistant with UCF in 2013, when the Knights went 12-1 and finished with a No. 10 ranking after defeating Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl. Fisher also spent one season as the cornerbacks coach at Southeast Missouri State in 2014 before returning to Orlando.
As a player, Fisher totaled 130 tackles with the Knights from 1999 to 2001. He was selected in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft with the 64th overall pick by the St. Louis Rams. Fisher had been the highest drafted defensive back in UCF history before his pupil Hughes was selected win the first round with the 30th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Fisher went on to spend nine seasons in the NFL and led the NFL with two interception returns for touchdowns and 205 interception return yards in 2003.
Originally from Tallahassee, Fla., Fisher earned his bachelor’s degree from UCF in 2001.
2018-present: Nebraska, Assistant Coach (Defensive Backs)
2016-17: UCF, Assistant Coach (Defensive Backs)
2015: UCF, Assistant Coach (Cornerbacks)
2014: Southeast Missouri State, Assistant Coach (Cornerbacks)
2013: UCF, Defensive Quality Control Assistant