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Beanie Bishop earns Consensus All-American distinction

MORGANTOWN — Cornerback Beanie Bishop Jr. is likely to be West Virginia’s largest switch portal success story but. The redshirt senior earned Consensus All-American honors on Thursday, as decided by the NCAA.

Bishop was named to all 5 main All-American groups acknowledged by the NCAA — Walter Camp (first workforce), FWAA (first workforce), AP (second workforce), Sporting Information (second workforce) and AFCA (second workforce). 

Bishop is WVU’s first Consensus All-American since Darius Stills acquired the honour in 2020 and is simply the second WVU cornerback to earn the excellence, becoming a member of Aaron Beasley (1995).

“Beanie has had an excellent season and could be very deserving of Consensus All-America honors,” WVU coach Neal Brown stated in a press release. “Everybody related to the Mountaineer soccer program is pleased with him and what he has completed this 12 months. He has been a wonderful chief and nice consultant for Mountaineer Soccer, the College and the state.”

Following 4 productive seasons at Western Kentucky (2018-21), Bishop transferred to Minnesota for the 2022 season seeking to face the next stage of competitors. His function modified with the Golden Gophers and his stats plummeted. Coming off one of the best season of his profession in 2021, Bishop recorded fewer tackles (42 to 29), interceptions (three to zero) and passes defended (4 to at least one) in 2022.

With the possibility to turn out to be a full-time starter on the skin, Bishop transferred to WVU for his closing 12 months of eligibility and flourished with the Mountaineers.

Bishop led the nation in passes defended (24), cross breakups (20) and compelled incompletions (17). He led WVU with 4 interceptions and desires simply two extra breakups within the workforce’s closing sport in opposition to North Carolina within the Duke’s Mayo Bowl (Dec. 27, 5:30 p.m./ESPN) to turn out to be WVU’s all-time single-season chief with 22, at the moment held by Brian King (2003).

Bishop was a 2023 All-Huge 12 first-teamer and a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award.

He tied the varsity report for cross breakups in a single sport with 5 in opposition to BYU and was named the Huge 12 Convention Defensive Participant of the Week after recording two interceptions in opposition to UCF.

Gamers who earn a minimum of three first-team All-America workforce honors routinely qualify for consensus honors. If spots at a selected place aren’t crammed, then the gamers with a minimum of two first-team alternatives, like Bishop, are thought-about. Bishop is the thirteenth Consensus All-American in WVU historical past.

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