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Sure-handed Shipley catches one last hurrah

KIRK BOHLS, Austin American-Statesman Published: August 18, 2009
Jordan Shipley’s not perfect.

Sure, he speaks to youth groups and visits sick kids at a children’s hospital and drops a pass once a month and goes treat-or-treating on Halloween. But he does have a flaw.

When his more famous roommate is trying to get some shuteye, Shipley’s strumming away on his guitar.

Even then, Colt McCoy’s pretty understanding. After all, the Texas quarterback joins in on the piano.

Guitar is a passion of Shipley’s. He’s played since he was 8 and has become so obsessed with it, he rarely watches sports highlight shows anymore. He’s written eight original songs that are equal parts John Mayer, country music and alternative rock. Look for his big hit — "Falling” — at the top of the charts soon.

"You ought to hear us,” McCoy said. "We’re pretty good.”

Why wouldn’t they be? These two lifelong buddies are good at everything they try. McCoy was runner-up for the Heisman Trophy last year and a serious contender again. Shipley’s the most underrated wide receiver in college football and figures to leave as one of the top 10 receivers in Longhorns history.

There’s a chance he could better his 89-catch total from 2008 and match Kwame Cavil as only the second Texas wideout to catch 100 balls in a season. Had he upped his scoring output by two touchdowns last year, he would have passed Roy Williams’ and Limas Sweed’s single-season school record of 12.

"If I catch 30 balls and we win,” Shipley said, "that’s fine.”

But he’d need to have the season of all seasons to replace Williams as Texas’ all-time receiver.


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