Oct. 12, 2009
Austin -- Senior WR Jordan Shipley has been named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week for games played the week of Oct. 10, the conference office has announced.
Shipley’s selection means the Longhorns have had a conference honoree in each of the last four weeks they have played. Lamarr Houston, Roddrick Muckelroy and Earl Thomas each earned Defensive Player of the Week in consecutive weeks from Sept. 12-26.
In Texas’ 38-14 win over Colorado, Shipley registered a 74-yard punt return TD. It was the fifth-longest punt return in UT history. Shipley has returned two punts for scores this season and three in his career, both tying school records. Against CU, he tallied 126 yards on five total returns with 88 on punt returns and 38 on kickoff returns.
On offense, he finished the game with 11 catches for 147 yards and a TD. With 103 yards in the first half, it marked the second consecutive game he has gone over 100 yards in the opening 30 minutes. In addition, his 273 all-purpose yards in the game are a career high. Shipley has caught at least 10 passes in each of the last three games, becoming the first Longhorn in school history to accomplish the feat.
A member of the Biletnikoff Award (nation’s top receiver) watch list, Shipley has caught 47 passes for 583 yards (12.4 ypc) and three TDs this season. His 9.4 receptions per game are tied for second nationally and his 116.6 receiving yards per game rank seventh. In addition to his receiving, Shipley has returned 14 punts for 265 yards and two TDs. His 18.9 ypr average ranks fourth nationally and his 177.2 all-purpose yards per game rank ninth. Shipley has posted at least 100 all-purpose yards in each game this season.
Shipley has recorded 179 receptions (No. 3 on UT’s all-time list) for 2,289 yards (No. 5 on UT’s all-time list) and 23 TDs (No. 2 on UT’s all-time list) during his 44-game career (26 starts). He’s tallied nine games with at least eight catches and six 100-yard receiving games. In addition, Shipley has produced four games with at least 11 receptions (there are only nine on UT record).