Nov. 12, 2009
Austin -- Texas senior WR Jordan Shipley has been named the AT&T All-America Player of the Week for his performance against UCF on Saturday, Nov. 7, AT&T has announced. In that game, Shipley set a Texas record with 273 receiving yards, breaking Tony Jones' previous mark of 242 yards. He had 11 catches and scored on an 88-yard TD pass from Colt McCoy, which is the sixth longest pass play in UT history. Shipley added 14 punt return yards, giving him 287 all-purpose yards, which ranks eighth on UT's single-game list.
A finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy and a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award (nation's top player) and Biletnikoff Award (nation's top receiver), Shipley has caught 75 passes for 1,050 yards (14.0 ypc) and six TDs. The 75 receptions already rank fourth on UT's single-season list and the 1,050 receiving yards rank seventh. His 8.3 receptions per game rank second nationally and his 116.7 receiving yards per game are fourth. Shipley is one of just two receivers nationally that has posted four double-digit reception games and five 100-yard receiving games this season. He is averaging 40.3 yards per catch on his six TD receptions. In addition to his receiving skills, Shipley has returned 19 punts for 275 yards and two TDs. His 14.5 ypr average ranks 14th nationally and his 151.4 all-purpose yards per game rank 19th.
During his 48-game career (30 starts), Shipley has recorded 207 receptions (No. 3 on UT's all-time list) for 2,756 yards (No. 3 on UT's all-time list) and 26 TDs (No. 2 on UT's all-time list). He is the only player in UT history to record multiple seasons with 70 or more receptions and one of just two receivers to notch multiple 1,000-yard seasons with Roy Williams being the other. He's tallied seven games with at least 10 catches and eight 100-yard receiving games during his career. In addition, Shipley has produced five games with at least 11 receptions (there are only 10 on UT record).
With three punt return TDs and a kickoff return for a TD (96 yards vs. Oklahoma, 2008) during his career, Shipley holds the UT record for return TDs with four and is just the fourth Longhorn to return a kickoff and a punt for a TD during a career. Shipley averages 13.6 yards per punt return (25-for-339) and 25.4 yards per kickoff return (17-for-432) during his career. He also serves as UT's holder.
In December, four finalists for the AT&T All-America Player of the Year Award will be announced during a one-hour special on ESPN in conjunction with the announcement of the AT&T ESPN All-America Team as selected by the Football Writers Association of America. Fans will then get a chance to say who the best player in the nation is by voting for the AT&T All-America Player of the Year through the BCS games. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Jan. 5, and the winner will be announced during the BCS National Championship game on ABC on Jan. 7.