Published Thursday, January 10, 2013 AT 11:13 PM / Updated at 11:13 PM
Fisher feeling pressure to decide
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

Nebraska linebacker Sean Fisher said Thursday night that he hasn’t made “a definitive decision” yet between heading off to med school or playing another football season as a Husker. Anything that was swirling on Twitter a few nights back, he said, was just some teammates having some fun with him.

But the Millard North graduate also hinted before the Outland Trophy banquet that something will have to come fairly soon.

“I’m sure here in the coming days I really need to start figuring it out, because winter conditioning is coming up next week and that’s something that I need to look at,” Fisher said.

Fisher was honored with the Tom Novak Trophy during the Outland banquet at the Downtown DoubleTree. Other Husker seniors honored were defensive tackle Baker Steinkuhler (Cletus Fischer Native Son Award) and I-back Rex Burkhead (Guy Chamberlin Trophy), although Burkhead is training in Florida and was unable to attend.

Fisher still carries a 4.0 grade average and is scheduled to take 12 hours during the spring semester. If he picks med school rather than petitioning the NCAA for a sixth season of eligibility, he would start in August with whatever school he chooses.

“You play a game for so long and it’s kind of weird to imagine life without that game,” he said. “It’s just trying to decide if I’m comfortable with how my career’s gone and if I’m ready to give up the game, or if it’s something I want to do one more year.”

NU staff members Ross Els, Ron Brown and Jeff Jamrog were on hand Thursday night to present the Husker senior awards. Also in attendance was new Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst.

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