Justice Bishop grew up in Greensburg, Kentucky and attended Green County High School.
Currently Bishop is currently enrolled at Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky where he has been a member of the programs football team since 2014.
Bishop saw time in two games during the 2015 season as a red-shirt freshman, recorded two total tackles (1 solo, 1 assisted).
During the 2016 season, Bishop saw time in six games, recording 13 total tackles, 2 sacks and one block. The 2016 season was just a taste of what Bishop was capable of as Bishop dominated the 2017 season as he started all 10 games, recording 68 total tackles, five sacks, one fumble recovery and one interception for 27 yards.
I asked Bishop what his experience has been like so far at Union College and he said, “Being at Union has been great. I have made a lot of new friends from all around the country and being at a small school in a small city has a good feel to it. As football is a town favorite.”
Bishop is an incredible athlete and will soon see his hard work pay off as he has impressed people with his size and speed. Being an athletic lineman, especially on defense is key to a teams success. Bishop knows how to plug the gaps and can attack his way to the quarterback.
Due to his success in 2017, I asked Bishop what his biggest focus was this offseason as he not only prepares for the 2018 season but for the NFL/CFL as well and he said, “my focus has been on watching film from last season to see where improvements need to be done. Really focusing on strength for the run game and doing many drills for my pass rush moves and my speed. I also watch NFL defensive ends such as Justin Houston, Joey Bosa, Khalil Mack, and Bradley Chubb who is a rookie this season and see how they play the game and learn from the best.”
Now being an up and coming defensive lineman is tough especially on a players body. I asked Bishop what continues to drive him each and every day to play such a physical sport and he said, “ just the love for the game, I am such an emotional and passionate player. I have been playing for 17 years and the love for the game has just continued to increase every day. I’m there first and leave last every day because anytime I can be playing or doing something with football it’s just the best feeling in the world.”
Bishop has proven his dominance on the field after a major improvement between the 2016 and 2017 seasons. If Bishop can continue to learn and develop other attributes within his technique, Bishop can see another major improvement within his game and will ultimately see himself within the NFL.
I asked Bishop what he enjoyed doing in Kentucky when he was away from the field and he said, “ when I am not doing football things, I like to travel to such places as Cumberland Falls and the Cumberland Gap. Both are beautiful places. I also like to go to Lexington or Louisville. Both places are great places to visit where you can enjoy the scenery and eat some good food.”
Bishop will continue to grow and will quickly see himself transition into a dominate defensive lineman within college. With the success Bishop saw in 2017, I believe his success will carry on into the 2018 season and will help land him a chance to prove himself in either the NFL/CFL.