Connor Bishop received an honor from Army’s coaching staff after his efforts in a 31-16 win over Liberty.
Bishop, who played 62 snaps (the most on Army’s offense) was named the team’s offensive player of the week after 17 knockdowns.
The junior center is also excelling in the classroom. Bishop carries a 4.037 grade-point average and has made the Dean’s list every semester at West Point. The business management major was recognized by Army athletics Academic Support team as a Corps Squad athlete of the month for November.
“Cadet Connor Bishop is the epitome of scholar-athlete leader,” said CPT Scott Robertson, the tactical officer for Bishop’s cadet company I2. “On and off the football field, in and out of the classroom, he strives to be the best version of himself and he doesn’t stop there.
“Connor is notorious for shouldering more than his share of the burden. He does this by conducting routine and hasty study sessions with his peers and subordinates – always volunteering his scarce free time to develop others. Connor is truly a force multiplier, and here in the Moose.”
A member of Army football’s team leadership council, Bishop’s return from an ankle injury has brought stability to the offensive line. It’s allowed senior Noah Knapp to move back to guard and spell Bishop when needed.
Possessions: 11 (including one kneel down). Touchdowns – 4. Turnovers – 0. Punts – 4. Three-and-outs – 1. Drive of 7 or more plays – 3 (TD, FG). Longest drive – 14 plays, 75 yards, 8:15, third quarter, touchdown
Third-down conversions: 7-for-14. Fourth-down conversions: 2-for-2
Time of Possession: 36 minutes, 13 seconds
Average starting field position: Army 41. Best start: Liberty 44.
Rushing (3) – Jakobi Buchanan 19 yards, second quarter (9th of season, 15th career); Buchanan 1 yard, second quarter (10th season, 16th career); Buchanan 1 yard, third quarter (11th season, 17th career)
Receiving (1) – Braheam Murphy 34 yards, from Christian Anderson, 1st quarter (3rd receiving TD season, 3rd career), Anderson (5th TD pass season, 7th career TD pass)
20+-yard plays: 2. Tyrell Robinson 51-yard catch; Braheam Murphy 34-yard catch
Triple-option distribution: Quarterback (Christian Anderson, Tyhier Tyler) 21 carries, 52 yards; Fullbacks (Jakobi Buchanan, Cade Barnard, Tyson Riley) 34 carries, 126 yards, 3 TDs; Slotbacks (Tyrell Robinson, Braheam Murphy, Brandon Walters) 5 carries, 46 yards
Here’s the breakdown of the 66 offensive snaps (as charted off DVR)
*C Connor Bishop (62 snaps): 17th career start
*G Connor Finucane (57 snaps): 12th career start
*G-C Noah Knapp (56 snaps): 18th career start, 4 snaps at center
*T Mason Kolinchak (53 snaps): 9th career start
TE Chris Cameron (44 snaps)
*T Boobie Law (43 snaps): 13th career start
QB Tyhier Tyler (37 snaps): 13 carries, 46 yards
T Kam Holloway (36 snaps)
*SB Tyrell Robinson (33 snaps): 2 carries, 22 yards, 1 catch, 51 yards
*WR Cole Caterbone (32 snaps): 9th career start
*QB Christian Anderson (29 snaps): 3-for-4, 102 yards, TD, 8 carries, 6 yards, 13th career start
SB A.J. Howard (28 snaps)
FB Cade Barnard (27 snaps): 7 carries, 30 yards
*FB Jakobi Buchanan (27 snaps), 22 carries, 80 yards, 3 TDs, 3rd career start
SB Ay’Jaun Marshall (26 snaps)
*SB Brandon Walters (24 snaps): 2 carries, 21 yards, 21st career start
*WR Reikan Donaldson (21 snaps): 7th career start
WR Isaiah Alston (21 snaps): 1 catch, 17 yards
SB Braheam Murphy (16 snaps): 1 catch, 32 yards, TD, 1 carry, 3 yards
FB Tyson Riley (16 snaps)
G Dean Powell (14 snaps)
G Zach Ward (9 snaps)
TE Josh Lingenfelter (5 snaps)
WR Ryan Jackovic (4 snaps)