Texas Longhorns receiver Jordan Shipley has been granted a sixth year of eligibility. The affirmative response was all but assumed, but many didn’t expect to receive an answer until after the Fiesta Bowl. One less distraction during bowl game preparation.
Shipley missed the 2004 and 2005 seasons due to injury. He did not play a down in either season.
He was a major contributor in the 2008 campaign, however, with 79 receptions, 982 receiving yards, and 11 receiving touchdowns. He led the team in all three categories.
It is definitely a blessing to be able to play one more season at Texas. This is such a great place, and I’ve had an unbelievable experience. Obviously, it started slow due to the injuries, but I couldn’t be happier with the NCAA’s decision to give me one of those years back.
Head coach Mack Brown said:
We’re really excited for Jordan and our team that he’s been granted a sixth year. It was so disappointing for him as he fought through injuries and wasn’t able to play his first two years, but he never wavered.
He continued to work hard and stayed positive through it all and has become a tremendous player for us. His efforts should inspire those who are going through tough times that if you stick with it, you can overcome that adversity.
Best of all, quarterback Colt McCoy does not have to find a new roommate.