The historic Army-Navy football game returns this weekend, but the athletes who will continue to serve our country are as competitive in the classroom as they are on the pitch. Ahead of the 122nd clash between these two teams, Army offensive lineman Connor Bishop and Navy rear Isaac Ruoss are honored as college athletes, presented by the USAA.
Bishop, a junior from Holland, Pa., Won the honor in the military for the second year in a row. He started seven games after becoming a regular starter a year ago at center. Despite injuries, Bishop has remained a mainstay on the inside line and ranks second in the PFF category among all Army players who have played at least 300 snaps. The Army is 6-1 when Bishop is in the lineup with the only loss coming in a 70-56 shootout against Wake Forest. Bishop holds a cumulative GPA of 4.01 in a business administration specialization.
On the Navy side, Ruoss, a senior from Mohnton, Pa., Has become a key contributor to the rear of the Navy’s optional offensive. After playing mostly against special teams a year ago, Ruoss leads the Midshipmen with 608 rushing yards and five touchdowns, including at least 50 rushing yards in seven games. In a big 38-14 victory over Temple last week, Ruoss ran for 66 yards and two touchdowns. Ruoss’s class distinctions include possession of a 3.86 grade point average in quantitative economics.
The Army and Navy play their historic rivalry game at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The game will air on CBS. With one victory, the military can earn their fourth Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy in the past five seasons.