Washington State WR, Spokane native Rodrick Fisher could benefit from new redshirt rule
PULLMAN – Rodrick Fisher has already played in four games for Washington State as a true freshman this season, but if the Cougars can stay healthy at the outside receiver position, there’s a chance the Spokane native won’t see the field again in 2018.
It’s one of the ways WSU may choose to utilize a new rule passed by the NCAA this offseason allowing redshirting players to appear in four games without forfeiting a year of eligibility.
Fisher, a former football/track and field star at East Valley High, opened the season as the backup to Tay Martin at the “X” receiver position. He played in games against Wyoming, San Jose State, Eastern Washington and USC, both at receiver and special teams, but didn’t show up on the participation report from Saturday’s game against Utah.
Next to Martin, Fisher had been the only “X” receiver on the depth chart the first three weeks of the season, but the Cougars moved Calvin Jackson Jr. to the position prior to WSU’s game at USC and the junior college transfer from Florida played exclusively as Martin’s backup against the Utes.
Jackson Jr. has played in five games already and wouldn’t be eligible to redshirt, but WSU coach Mike Leach indicated the Cougars are leaving their options open with Fisher.
“I think they’re both pretty good,” Leach said Monday. “We still may redshirt one, but they’re both going to have great careers. Rodrick’s younger, buy both can do some things no question. And then we might not get that luxury. I’d like to, but you’ve got to stay healthy.”
Fisher has one catch for 12 yards this season while Jackson Jr. has reeled in four balls for 44 yards.
Two of the three other true freshmen who’ve played for the Cougars this season could still uuse a redshirt. Defensive back Tyrese Ross has appeared in only one game and nickel Kedron Williams has played in four. Running back Max Borghi, one of two primary tailbacks for WSU, has already exceeded the four-game limit with his five appearances.