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Patriots sign draft selection Bishop

FOXBORO, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced the signing of quarterback Michael Bishop, their seventh-round draft choice (227th pick overall) in the 1999 NFL draft.

Bishop is the second Patriots' draft choice to come to terms, joining their other seventh round selection, wide receiver Sean Morey. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Bishop, 22, finished his Kansas State career ranked fourth on their all-time passing list with 4,401 yards and 36 touchdown passes. Bishop also ran for 1,314 yards (4.1 avg.) and scored 23 touchdowns, both school records for quarterbacks.

He was named Big Twelve Offensive Player of the Year in 1998 after he threw for a school record 2,844 yards, 23 touchdowns and only four interceptions. The 6-foot, 195-pound quarterback led Blinn Junior College to a 24-0 record and back-to-back NJCAA titles in 1995 and 1996.

Bishop was an All-Montgomery County, all-city and all-state selection at Willis (Texas) High. He was a two-way starter who averaged 221.2 yards per game passing as a senior.

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