Bishop headed to Kentucky

Trinity was 6A State Champion last season behind a balanced offense. That balance included 1758 yards and 26 touchdowns from senior running back Derek Bishop. Bishop will take his game to Lexington next season.

Trinity was 6A State Champion last season behind a balanced offense. That balance included 1758 yards and 26 touchdowns from senior running back Derek Bishop. Bishop will take his game to Lexington next season.

Joker Phillips has been talking with Derek Bishop for months about walking on at Kentucky and Bishop finally agreed to join the Wildcat team.

"I had my final decision down to two schools and they were Kentucky and Louisville," said Bishop. "It just felt right and I knew that I wanted to be a member of Kentucky's football team. That's why I chose them," said Bishop.

The coaching staff was glad to add a walk-on like the 5-foot-8, 190-pound senior.

"The coaches were very excited when I told them my final decision. They seemed eager and ready for me to get out there with them to start practicing with the team. I was excited also," he said.

Bishop said things at Kentucky just felt right and he felt comfortable with his recruiter.

"I have a great deal of respect for their coaches. Coach (Greg) Nord is the one who has been recruiting me and I like the way he goes about his business," said Bishop. "He invited me to their football practice earlier too and after seeing their practice and they way they run things, I knew that I wanted to be a part of that in the years to come," Bishop continued.

As a walk-on, the expectations aren't always that high, but Bishop just wants to get better and help his team in the early going.

"I'm enrolling in summer classes at UK so I can begin participating earlier for the summer practices. I just want to work as hard as I can everyday to make myself and my teammates around me better. By working as hard as I can, good things will happen and I also hope to be able to contribute on the field," he finished.


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