Saguaro DE/OT Derek Bisgard has been outstanding on both sides of the Sabercat line over the past two seasons but has been somewhat overshadowed by teammates Chris Merrill and junior Corey Adams. Derek stepped out of that shadow this week when he has awarded the Curley Culp Trophy, honoring the state's top senior defensive lineman.
The honor is well-deserved as he recorded 122 tackles and 18 sacks for the two-time state champs as well as being one of the state's top offensive linemen.
Bisgard comments on the award, "I am not really used to getting awards but it feels good that I have accomplished this. It is good knowing that all of my hard work paid off."
It is also paying off in that he will likely land a free education for his success on the gridiron. Army offered during the season and Montana State offered this week. Bisgard says that Air Force and Weber State also may be close to offering.
Trips have been scheduled to Army (Jan. 11th) and Montana State (Jan. 18th).
Northern Arizona, Boise State, Arizona State, Arizona and Colorado showed light interest during the year but never offered. "Boise State told me there were no spots left and Colorado is no longer really recruiting me. NAU is recruiting me a little and there is still some hope with ASU and UofA," Bisgard says.
Bisgard's intentions are to sign on National Signing Day in February and if Montana State and Army are the only ones still offering he will choose between the two. He also adds that he will consider all options if any other programs step up and offer.
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