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Paddy Fisher earns Preseason First Team All-American honors

Let the preseason hype train begin!

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Rising junior linebacker Paddy Fisher was named to ESPN college football insider Phil Steele’s Preseason First Team All-American roster. Fisher was the only Wildcat to crack Steele’s Preseason First Team this year.

Although preseason honors can only mean so much, it’s certainly a notable recognition for a proven collegiate linebacker like Fisher who has also been projected as a first round pick by some analysts in way-too-early 2020 NFL Mock Drafts.

It’s also important to note that Steele appears to be an analyst that has been aboard the Paddy Fisher train for a while now, so this recognition shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise.

Steele named the Texas native to both his preseason and postseason Third Team All-American lineup for the 2018-19 season. Fisher also finished the season as a first team selection to Steele’s 2018 postseason All-Big Ten team.

In his sophomore campaign, Fisher amassed 116 tackles, four forced fumbles, and a crucial interception against Illinois. He’ll be asked to put up similar numbers this year.