| Octavious Bishop
Offensive Tight End
6-5 · 330
Spring, Texas (Westfield)
Three-year starter, four-year letterman who started 36 games at left tackle ... played in three bowl games (1995 Sugar Bowl; 1997 Fiesta Bowl; 1999 Cotton Bowl) and the All-Star Gridiron Classic ... member of two conference championship teams (1995 SWC; 1996 Big 12) ... 1998 third-team All-Big 12 (Coaches) ... shared 1998 UT Outstanding Offensive Lineman honors ... helped Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams lead the nation in rushing in 1997 and 1998 ... paved the way for UT to rank among the nation's top 25 and average at least 200 yards rushing per game in 1996-98 ... signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Falcons following the 1999 NFL Draft.
Started all 12 games, including the 1999 Cotton Bowl, at left tackle ... voted UT Outstanding Offensive Lineman ... earned third-team All-Big 12 (Coaches) ... provided openings for Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams to lead the nation in rushing for the second consecutive year ... helped UT finish the season ranked 15th nationally and average more than 200 yards per game for the third year in a row ... was a key component of an offensive line that helped produce 2,246 yards rushing and 2,931 yards passing.
Started 10 of 11 games at left tackle and was in for nearly 700 plays on the year ... an ankle injury forced him to miss the Kansas game ... also suffered a shoulder injury in the UCLA contest but returned to action in time to play at Rice ... was a key part of an offensive line that helped Texas rank 22nd nationally in rushing yards per game (201.5) ... provided openings that led Ricky Williams to six 200-yard rushing games and a school record 1,893 yards ... helped the Longhorns post 200-plus yard rushing games at Rice (312), vs. Colorado (281), at Missouri (277), vs. Kansas (272), at Baylor (268), vs. Oklahoma (224) and at Texas A&M (213).
Started all 13 games at left tackle ... helped pave the way for the nation's 24th most prolific rushing attack ... was a key component on the offensive line that helped produce seven 200-plus yard rushing games ... helped pave the way for 344 yards rushing vs. Oklahoma State, 336 yards rushing at Texas Tech and 235 yards rushing vs. Texas A&M (who had entered the game ranked 10th nationally against the run at 92.8 ypg) ... also helped anchor an offensive line that allowed just one sack in the final three games, including zero in the Big 12 Championship game against the Nebraska defense that had registered at least one sack in 39 consecutive games before facing Texas.
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (1995)
Saw action in all 13 games ... earned his first start vs. Rice ... redshirted in 1994.
Was coached by Pat Culpepper at Westfield High ... was one of Texas' top offensive line prospects, playing for former UT assistant coach Emory Bellard, creator of the wishbone offense, through his junior year at Westfield ... his team averaged nearly 300 yards rushing per game his senior year.
Born 5/31/75 in Jackson, Tennessee ... majored in social work ... full name is Octavious De'Mon Bishop ... was a member of UT's Student Advisory Council ... was very active in the Longhorns' community service program and served as an elementary school mentor.