Koby Drake, University of Memphis

University of Memphis wide receiver Koby Drake, a redshirt sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering, has been named a Military Bowl 3M STEM Scholar-Athlete for the second year in a row.

Drake, who is from White Hall, Arkansas, carries a 3.395 grade-point average and has been honored several times for his work in the classroom while being a part of the Memphis Honors College. Drake is a three-time member of the American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team, a three-time member of the Tiger 3.0 Club and a member of the Dean’s List.

“My plan is to pursue a career in some type of mechanical engineering job, but I also have a passion for contracting houses as well,” Drake wrote on his LinkedIn page. “I am open to either route, but would like to use my degree and skills acquired in the best ways possible.”

The Military Bowl and 3M are proud to announce the members of the second annual Military Bowl 3M STEM Scholar-Athlete Program, recognizing some of the brightest minds taking the football field in the ACC and the American Athletic Conference.

“Once again the Military Bowl 3M STEM Scholar-Athlete Program is shining a light on a remarkable group of student-athletes,” Military Bowl President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “These young men are leaders on and off the field, taking head on the challenges of rigorous course work while helping their teams every Saturday.”

The Military Bowl 3M 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.

“3M is excited to recognize these outstanding students pursuing degrees in STEM-related fields,” said Skip Driessen, Director of 3M Government Markets. “We know how hard these scholar-athletes have worked on the field and in the classroom and look forward to their continued success.”