Oct. 2, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas – A trio of Texas Football players received recognition from the College Football Performance Awards for their accomplishments in the Longhorns’ 37-14 win at Iowa State it was announced on Sunday.
True freshman defensive back Josh Turner was chosen as the National Punt Returner of the Week after he scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 34-yard blocked punt return in the second quarter. Turner also added two solo tackles in the victory.
Jaxon Shipley, a true freshman wide receiver, posted his best performance of his young career to earn Honorable Mention Wide Receiver of the Week honors. Shipley caught six passes for 141 yards and one touchdown. He had two receptions of 40 or more yards, including a 40-yard touchdown catch from QB David Ash in the second quarter. His six catches on Saturday ties him for seventh on the Texas freshman single-game records list, while his 141 yards are the seventh best by a Texas freshman and the 13th 100-yard receiving game by a UT freshman.
With his interception in the first quarter, senior safety Blake Gideon received honorable mention for the Defensive Back of the Week. Gideon now has nine career interceptions after notching his first of 2011. He added a team-high eight tackles, including seven solo stops, and one sack while leading the defense to a shut out through the first three quarters in the Big 12 conference opener.
Texas will face Oklahoma next Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas in the AT&T Red River Rivalry game.