|Position:||Assistant Coach - Defensive Backs|
Travis Fisher is in his second season on the Husker sideline in 2019, where he coaches the defensive backs. Fisher entered the coaching ranks following a nine-year NFL career, and he is in the sixth season of his coaching career, the last four of which have been as a member of Scott Frost's staff.
Fisher has been able to transfer his success and experience as a player into his coaching. In his short coaching career, Fisher's defensive backs have consistently held opposing passing attacks in check while showing a knack for interceptions. One year after allowing more than 275 passing yards per game, Fisher helped Nebraska hold five opponents to fewer than 200 passing yards in 2018 and two more under 215 passing yards. The Huskers ranked 34th nationally in pass efficiency defense, a 61-spot improvement from the unit Fisher inherited. Fisher led UCF to a No. 12 ranking in pass efficiency defense in 2016, and the Knights ranked second nationally with 20 interceptions in 2017.
Fisher has excelled developing individual talent. Nine of Fisher's defensive backs have signed NFL contracts in the last three years alone. In just one year, Fisher turned junior college transfer Mike Hughes into an All-American and first-round NFL Draft pick. Hughes was selected with the 30th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, surpassing Fisher as the highest-drafted defensive player in UCF history. Fisher had been the highest-drafted defensive player in program history, as he was selected in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft following three seasons as a Knight.
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 four primary safeties had at least one interception and one fumble forced or recovered in 2018. All told, Fisher's secondary recorded eight interceptions, forced 10 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.
UCF: At his alma mater, Fisher 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 in 2016 and 2017. 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 - who followed Fisher to Nebraska as a graduate transfer in 2018 - 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. He began his coaching career as a defensive quality assistant with UCF in 2013.
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE: 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.
Fisher graduated from Central Florida with a degree in criminal justice in 2001. He has two daughters, Taliay and Aria, and one son, Travis Jr.
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