Deacon Spotlight: Spencer Bishop

Spencer Bishop is a tight end who calls Pinehurst, NC home. Though not a native to the state, he chose to become a Demon Deacon when he graduated high school in 2009. Three years later, he shared the decision and his WFU experience thus far with DeaconSports.

"Staying in state wasn't the most important aspect of my choice, but it was pretty important," Bishop said. "Being close to home is great, but what really got me about Wake was the academic side of it more than anything."

Bishop was considering Western Carolna, Wofford and Wake Forest, "focusing on mainly smaller schools," and was able to visit Wake Forest, William and Mary and Western Carolina before making his decision.

Though it wasn't a dealbreaker, being so close to home had its advantages for the tight end.

"My family gets to come to all of the home games," he said, "and they even come to spring games. They actually try to make it to as many away games as they can too."

Because he was born outside of North Carolina, Bishop didn't catch the Deacon fever until later in the game.

"I didn't move to North Carolina until I was in sixth grade," he explained. "At that point I didn't know much about Wake, and everyone else around me just kind of sided with the Tarheels."

After becoming a Deac, he faced the realities of balancing the schedule of a student-athlete.

"Once you get into it, you see the reality of the situation," he said. "You come in thinking you aren't quite good enough and try to see how you stack up. Then you see that these people are everyday kids just like you are; that they're trying to learn as much as you are, and make mistakes just like you do."

With spring practice done, Bishop discussed spring ball and the upcoming season.

"Spring ball [went] pretty well," he said. "As a team I think we've made a lot of strides on offense especially after our first day. Independently, I could always do better.

"Personally, I'd like to get a little stronger and be more physical in my run game; that's really the biggest thing for me.

"As a team, I'd like to see us score a little more in critical situations. There were times last season when we didn't score when we really needed to the most – when we needed first downs or to score on offense."

Now a redshirt junior, he shared his most memorable moment as a Deac.

"I'd have to say just the whole Music City Bowl game, even though we didn't win," he said. "It was just a great experience to play in that stadium and in front of so many people."


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