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Huskers' Fisher won't return for sixth year

As a pre-med student at Nebraska who earned academic honors from two separate conferences, Sean Fisher prepared himself well for life after football.

Fisher will begin that phase of his life rather than return for a sixth season with the Huskers. He made it official Monday, saying he'll be spending the fall in medical school rather than on the gridiron.

"The opportunity to be part of this football program the past five years has been a great experience and one that is difficult to walk away from, but I made the determination it was time to move on," Fisher said in a statement released through the team. "I am planning to enroll in medical school in the fall and am putting all my energy toward preparing for that. I appreciate Coach [Bo] Pelini and the coaching staff leaving the door open for me to consider returning to football and giving me the time to finalize my decision."

Fisher appeared in 34 games for Nebraska, starting 12, and recorded 87 tackles, including eight for loss, to go along with a fumble recovery, a pass breakup and three quarterback hurries. He had a promising redshirt freshman season in 2009 (35 tackles) but missed all of the 2010 campaign with a broken leg. Fisher racked up 48 tackles in five starts this past season.

He earned academic all-conference honors from both the Big Ten and the Big 12 during his career and earned second-team Academic All-America honors from CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) in each of the past two years.

Fisher's departure thins Nebraska's depth at linebacker as the team also must replace leading tackler Will Compton and Alonzo Whaley, who finished fourth on the team in tackles in 2012. The Huskers will rely heavily on younger players like David Santos, Zaire Anderson and Michael Rose next fall.

Best of luck to Fisher at medical school. He has a very bright future ahead.