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Next up on your Orange-Man Orientation, #2, Olando Fisher.
Position: Strong safety
Hometown: Plainfield, NJ
High School: Plainfield HS
2010 Stats: After coming over from Nassau Community College (thanks Anselmo), Olando appeared in every game last season for SU, though mostly on special teams. He had 18 tackles on the season with a career-high of four in the Maine game. He also had three assisted tackles in the Pinstripe Bowl, coming up big when he needed him most.
2011 Projections: While Olando should see significant action on special teams again, he will likely also see a lot of PT at safety. He's No. 2 on the depth chart behind #SHAMARKO. Given the way injuries have affected the secondary so far, we'll be leaning heavily on Fisher to pick up the slack for any walking wounded around him.
How'd He Get Here?: Olando helped lead Nassau Community College to an 8-2 record in 2009, a year after John Anselmo left to become an assistant at SU. You could say that they knew each other well (not in a weird way or anything) and Fisher became one of a handful of NCC players in the pipeline.
Money Quote: "I had a mission I had to accomplish, you know?" said Fisher, a slight island accent still present. "That was to go from Nassau and then come to here and try to win a starting job. I didn’t but I’ve played a lot, made a few plays and helped the team out. As long as I help the team out, it’s all good."’
Money Quote #2: This exchange from when a bunch of Syracuse players visited Fort Drum and played paintball:
"I want to shoot all these guys," Olando Fisher said.
"Who do you want to shoot the most?" our reporter asked Wilkes.
"Fish. Fish. Olando Fisher. He's talking a lot of trash. I'm going to get him good. I'm going to get him good," He replied.
"I want to shoot him too," Fisher joked of Wilkes. "I really want to shoot him right in his head."
Links of Wonder: So there's this article about a deadly car crash involving an Orlando Fisher from Plainfield, NJ in 2007 that may or may not actually be Olando Fisher. The hometown works, the age works, the last name works...it's just a question or whether or not Orlando is supposed to be Olando. Sounds terrible either way.
Doug Marrone Thinks: "He’s been playing well for us," Marrone said before the Pinstripe Bowl.
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: Olando was born in Jamaica. I know that's not terribly interesting, but, it's something.
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