Shipley named WCFF National Offensive Player of the Week
Oct. 12, 2008
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas senior WR Jordan Shipley has been named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 11, the foundation has announced.
Shipley helped lead the Longhorns to a 45-35 win over No. 1 Oklahoma on Saturday in Dallas with a career-high and Red River Rivalry record 11 receptions for 112 yards and one TD. He also returned a kickoff 96 yards for a TD as part of a career-high 225 all-purpose yards. The 112 receiving yards marked his second 100-yard game of the season (155 vs. Rice). The 96-yard kickoff return was the third longest in UT history and also a Red River Rivalry record. It came in the second quarter and cut the Sooners' lead to 14-10. Shipley also made a 37-yard reception to place the ball on the OU 1-yard line as the key play on the fourth-quarter TD drive that gave the Longhorns the led for good at 38-35.
For his efforts, Shipley also received a helmet sticker from ESPN’s College Football Final broadcast and has been nominated for an ESPN Game-Changing Performance.
Shipley has recorded 78 receptions for 1,126 yards and 17 TDs (No. 3 on UT's all-time list) during his 33-game career (14 starts). He has caught a TD pass in eight of his last nine games, including a streak of six consecutive games, which is tied for second on UT's all-time list. In 2008, Shipley has posted 35 receptions for 480 yards (13.7 ypc) and eight TDs. His eight TDs are already tied for six on UT's single-season list. Even better, over his last four games, Shipley has notched 28 receptions for 397 yards (14.2 ypc) and six TDs.
This is the fifth consecutive year that the WCFF will honor one offensive and one defensive player as its national Bowl Subdivision player of the week during the regular season. Recipients are selected by a panel of national media members and administered by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
Walter Camp, "The Father of American football," first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp - a former Yale University athlete and football coach - is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation - a New Haven-based all-volunteer group - was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.