AS A SENIOR: Shared tailback duties for Irish ... was a Doak Walker Award candidate for second straight year ... Street & Smith's preseason honorable mention All-American ... Football News preseason all-independent team ... recorded Notre Dame's only touchdown vs. Nebraska on a one-yard run following a blocked punt by Shane Walton in the fourth quarterSrushed for 103 yards on 17 carries vs. Michigan State ... named NBC/Chevrolet Notre Dame Player of the Game vs. Michigan State ... rushed for a season-high 119 yards and two TDs on 22 carries vs. West Virginia ... scored on a 55-yard TD run late in the fourth quarter to seal the game for the Irish at 34-24 ... recorded two touchdowns for fourth time in his career vs. West Virginia ... started vs. USC, but saw limited playing time due to a hamstring injury ... tried to play through injury, starting vs. Tennessee and rushing 11 times for 40 yards and a touchdown ... saw only limited action vs. rest of the season due to injury ... selected to participate in the East-West Shrine All-Star Game ... Westwood One/State Farm Student-Athlete of the Week for Tennessee game.
AS A JUNIOR: Shared Irish tailback duties in 2000, finishing second on team in rushing, fourth in receiving, second in scoring and third in total offense and all-purpose yards fourth in receiving, second in scoring and third in total offense and all-purpose yards ... led running backs in playing time . . . named a 2000 Doak Walker Award candidate ... an All-Independent team selection by Football News ... selected to preseason All-Independent teams by The Sporting News and Football News ... played in all 12 games, starting seven times, including vs. Oregon State in 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl ... carried for 30 yards on 10 attempts in start vs. Texas A&M ... scored on two-yard plunge early in second quarter against Nebraska to tie the game 7-7 ... led team with 47 rushing yards on nine carries in start against Stanford ... also took shovel pass in for two-point conversion vs. Cardinal, but play was disallowed because of an Irish delay of game penalty ... rushed for 36 yards on 11 carries in start vs. Navy and caught three passes for another 36 yards, including fourth-period 32-yarder from Matt LoVecchio for TD that gave Irish 38-0 lead ... had 43 yards rushing on 13 carries vs. West Virginia and also had three receptions for 36 yards ... capped off 12-play drive with one-yard touchdown plunge in first quarter to knot score at 7-7 ... also had TD receptions of 36 and seven yards to give Irish 35-14 lead ... named CBS Sports player of the game for his efforts vs. West Virginia ... topped the 1,000-yard career rushing mark vs. Mountaineers ... rushed 26 times for career-high 196 yards and two touchdowns vs. Boston College, marking the most by an Irish player since Reggie Brooks' 227 vs. USC in 1992 ... it ranks as the 11th-highest rushing total in Notre Dame history and the fourth highest at home ... scored on 37-yard run late in second quarter vs. Boston College, capping off 98-yard drive that gave Irish 14-3 advantage ... also scored from one yard out on first Notre Dame drive of second half, on which Fisher accounted for 44 of the 65 yards ... also had 49-yard run vs. Eagles, his longest of the season ... named NBC Sports/Chevrolet Notre Dame MVP vs. Eagles and collegefootballnews.com Independent Player of the Week ... rushed career-high 27 times for 135 yards and a touchdown vs. Rutgers, his fifth career 100-yard rushing game and second in as many weeks ... named CBS Sports Player of the Game and collegefootballnews.com Independent Player of the Week vs. Scarlet Knights ... shared team lead with 71 yards rushing on 15 carries vs. USC, including a one-yard second-quarter scoring plunge that gave Irish 21-7 advantage ... scored Notre Dame's only touchdown vs. Oregon State in Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on fourth-period one-yard run to cap 57-yard drive - and finished with nine net rushing yards on five carries in starting effort.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Notre Dame first-teamer at tailback all through '99 campaign as top Irish groundgainer ... shared load at tailback for Irish in '99 with Julius Jones ... took snaps at fullback as well ... started every game at tailback ... earned all-Independent honors from Football News ... was leading Irish rusher in first five games and led team in rushing yards overall ... led Irish running backs in playing time in '99 . . . made first career start in '99 opener vs. Kansas and responded with 111-yard effort on 13 carries, including two touchdown runs ... ran two yards for TD in third period for 27-13 lead, then added 46-yard TD run in fourth period for 41-13 Irish edge ... named NBC Sports/Chevrolet Notre Dame MVP for his efforts vs. Kansas ... rushed for 78 yards on 12 carries vs. Michigan and also caught first two passes of his career for 51 yards ... rushed for 63 yards on 14 carries vs. Purdue ... rushed for 57 yards on 13 carries vs. Michigan State ... scampered 55 yards on first play from scrimmage vs. Oklahoma, marking the longest rush of his career ... finished with career-high 140 yards vs. Sooners, marking most rushing yards by a Notre Dame back since Autry Denson's career-high 189 yards in '98 vs. Baylor ... combined with Jarious Jackson to form the first pair of Irish 100-yard rushers in a game since the 1997 Pittsburgh game, when Autry Denson and Clement Stokes each hit the century mark ... led Irish with 45 yards rushing vs. Pittsburgh . . . gave Notre Dame 7-0 lead on five-yard touchdown run on opening drive vs. Boston College, his first since his pair of touchdowns in the season opener ... had one-yard and nine-yard touchdown runs as well as a 42-yard touchdown reception against Stanford ... led Irish in rushing with 107 yards and receiving with three catches for 68 yards vs. Stanford.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in last nine-regular season games in '98 as reserve Irish tailback and special team contributor ... worked his way into top backup slot behind Autry Denson following midseason sprained ankle to Darcey Levy ... saw time at tailback in last eight regular-season contests ... made 45 special team appearances with punt return team, then eight more vs. Georgia Tech in '99 Gator Bowl ... long gain of 12 yards came on only rushing attempt vs. Arizona State ... carried seven times vs. Baylor (for 19 yards) and eight vs. Navy (for season-high 29 yards) in longest stints of '98, as he played more than seven minutes in both contests.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: USA Today player of the year in Ohio ... rated 69th best player nationally by Chicago Sun-Times ... voted Mr. Football award in '97 in Ohio, an award whose previous winners have included Andy Katzenmoyer, Charles Woodson, Curtis Enis, Robert Smith and former Irish fullback Marc Edwards ... helped Euclid High School win fifth straight Greater Cleveland Conference title with 9-2 record ... rushed 189 times for 2,143 yards (11.7 yards per carry) and 40 touchdowns as senior in '97 ... missed more than half his junior season with injury (played in four games, rushing for 600 yards) but still finished with 3,950 career rushing yards ... rushed for 1,633 yards and 9.8 average per carry as sophomore ... also played basketball (averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds as junior) and ran track (22-4 in long jump) ... from same high school that produced Ohio State running backs Robert Smith and Pepe Pearson ... full name is Antoine Maurice Fisher ... born 10-12-79 ... earned 3.084 grade-point average during '98 fall semester, 3.25 average during '99 fall semester, 3.0 average during 2000 spring semester and Dean's List 3.417 during 2000 fall semester ... added a 3.2 mark in 2001 spring semester ... graduated from the College of Arts and Letters, with major in economics.
Fisher's Career Statistics