Koby Drake, Memphis


University of Memphis wide receiver Koby Drake, a redshirt junior majoring in mechanical engineering, for the third consecutive year has been named a Military Bowl STEM Scholar-Athlete presented by BuildSubmarines.com.

Drake, who is from White Hall, Arkansas, has a 3.28 grade-point average and is a member of the American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team, the Dean’s List and the Tiger 3.0 Club. He aspires to work in the aerospace industry or become a mechanical engineer or a contractor working on houses.

“Koby Drake is one of my most dedicated student-athletes,” said Ashleigh Hayes, Memphis’s assistant director of football academics. “He’s been able to manage his rigorous course schedule within engineering and being a starter for the football team. He has taken full advantage of internship and networking opportunities to put himself in the best position possible after graduation.”

On the field this season, Drake caught 31 passes for 328 yards and two touchdowns.

The Military Bowl and BuildSubmarines.com are proud to announce the members of the third annual Military Bowl STEM Scholar-Athlete Program, recognizing some of the brightest minds taking the football field in the ACC and the American Athletic Conference.

“The Military Bowl STEM Scholar-Athlete Program presented by BuildSubmarines.com recognizes some of the brightest minds taking the football field each weekend,” Military Bowl Foundation President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “Together with BuildSubmarines.com, we commend these student-athletes for their ability to succeed on the field and in the classroom while managing a most challenging course load.”

 The Military Bowl STEM Scholar-Athlete Program honors one football player at each university that is a member of the ACC and the American Athletic Conference – the two conferences that are represented in the Military Bowl college football game. These players are studying STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) subjects and/or aspire to STEM careers.

“STEM education is the cornerstone of innovation, equipping the next generation with critical thinking skills to tackle global challenges,” said Kiley Wren, co-founder and co-chief executive at BlueForge Alliance, owners and operators of BuildSubmarines.com. “These courses prepare students for purposeful, high-demand career paths while fostering adaptability, collaboration, and technological literacy. At BlueForge Alliance, empowering individuals with a stable foundation of knowledge pairs directly into our mission of ensuring a resilient and adaptable skilled trades workforce ready to meet the demands of revitalizing our nation’s defense. We’re proud to join the Military Bowl in recognizing outstanding student athletes aiming to make an impact off the field while supporting their fellow students’ pursuits.”