Meet Jordan Bishop
May 26, 2009
Jordan Bishop was a standout receiver in high school, earning the chance to play in the Les Schwab Bowl where he caught two touchdown passes to bring the title back to the Southside. To add to his accomplishments, he was also named the game’s MVP. With the loss of Sammie Stroughter, Bishop enters the 2009 season looking to continue his success on the field as he is thought to be the next big receiver at Oregon State.
You’re studying psychology. What interests you about that major?
I wanted to do something that had something to do with criminal justice. Both of my parents do it and it is really interesting to me. Also I wanted to do something that branches off into helping young children out with the troubles they have. Just something in that field I am trying to study.
Last year you were a redshirt, what are you looking forward to this season?
I learned a whole lot of things. Coming out of high school you get ‘Cover Three’ all the time and the corners played 15-yards off, then coming here to the Pac-10 to play football, the corners are pressed. I learned to get off jams and I learned to run crisper routes; just going against two NFL corners (Keenan Lewis and Brandon Hughes) helped me every single day. You have to be patient and things will happen.
Why Oregon State?
I thought it was a good fit for me. I knew Coach Locey for a long time; I was a ball boy for him when I was younger at Linfield. I was really cool with Coach Locey and I really felt like it was a good fit.
That’s a good question. With football I felt like there were a lot more opportunities for me down the road and I had a lot of fun with it in high school with the Les Schwab Bowl. Football was just right for me.
What was it like playing in the Les Schwab Bowl?
It was awesome. I played in the Les Schwab Bowl with Tony Wilson (middle linebacker) who also goes here. You got to play against the best players in the state. We took the title away from the North after they had won it for three straight years, so we had to get it back on the Southside.
What was it like being the MVP of the Les Schwab Bowl?
It was crazy just for a receiver to get it because I think the past three or four years a running back or quarterback as gotten it. I have to thank the coaching staff and teammates for that, without them I wouldn’t have gotten it. It was awesome to find out I got it. Getting the win for the Southside was really big to me.
Do you have a favorite pro team?
The Miami Dolphins are my favorite team.
Tell fans about yourself…
I am just a regular kid that likes to play video games, Halo and Madden in particular. I like to watch movies. That’s about it. I’m a normal 18-year-old kid.
Who are you when you play Madden?
When I play, I usually play with the Arizona Cardinals because my favorite player is Larry Fitzgerald, so I just throw the ball deep and let him go get it.
What do you enjoy outside of football?
I just like to hangout on the weekends at my house, maybe go shoot hoops at Dixon. Nothing too serious, just watch football on TV and I watch track on TV. That’s about it
What Pac-10 team are you looking forward to playing against?
You always have to look forward to playing Oregon especially going there; USC because we are going there. Those will be two big games for us. Those games will be the most fun.
Are there any wide receivers you look up to?
I love Larry Fitzgerald. I love how he plays the game how he attacks the ball in the air. Chad Ocho Cinco-Johnson; you have to love him too. His personality, he plays the game with high-intensity and high emotion. I love him for that. I am a fan of everything Chad Johnson does.
If you weren’t a wide receiver what would you be?
I might be in track and field. I really have no idea. I would probably be a safety. I would have to gain a good 20 pounds to be one though.
What’s your favorite route to run?
Probably the goal line fade. When the quarterback throws it up there and is putting all of his trust in you to go up and get the ball. He is letting you make the play.
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