Shipley was slated for 2011 as offense’s primary slot receiver, but suffered season-ending knee injury in Game 2, Sept. 18 at Denver ... Looks this year to return to form from his rookie season in 2010, when he recorded 52 catches, 600 receiving yards and three TDs ... Led AFC rookies in ’10 in receiving yards and tied for AFC rookie lead in receptions.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Cincinnati in third round of 2010 NFL Draft (84th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 7-28-10.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2011 - Placed Sept. 19 on Reserve/Injured list after suffering two torn knee ligaments (ACL and MCL) Sept. 18 at Denver … Played in Games 1-2, logging four catches for 14 yards … Had three catches for 15 yards at Denver before suffering knee injury.
2010 - Drafted by Bengals in third round (84th overall) … His only missed game was Oct. 10 vs. Tampa Bay, due to concussion suffered Oct. 3 at Cleveland … Started four games — when offense opened in three-WR formation ... Caught five-for-82 in NFL debut Sept. 12 at New England, including a 51-yarder in traffic on a Hail Mary attempt just short of goal line in second quarter … Led team with five catches (for 42 yards) Sept. 19 vs. Baltimore … Caught two-for-29 on Oct. 3 at Cleveland before suffering fourth-quarter concussion on a hit for which Browns were assessed personal foul penalty … Returned to action Oct. 24 at Atlanta and had first 100-yard game, catching six-for-131 including a 64-yard TD … Caught five-for-71 on Nov. 21 vs. Buffalo, both team bests … Led team with five catches (for 38 yards) Nov. 25 at N.Y. Jets, and had five-yard TD catch with 43 seconds left in first half, giving Bengals 7-3 lead … Caught only one pass Dec. 26 vs. San Diego, but it was three-yard TD that extended Bengals lead to 10 points early in fourth quarter.
COLLEGE: Played four seasons (2006-09) at Texas, appearing in all 53 games with 35 starts … His 248 receptions topped previous UT record of 241 (Roy Williams), and he had 205 of his catches over his last two seasons … His three TDs on punt returns tied school record, and he also had a kickoff return for a TD … In addition to his standout special teams work as a returner, he was the holder for field goals and PATs … Named first-team all-American by Associated Press and Sporting News as a senior, when he set school records for receptions (116) and receiving yards (1485) … Had 10 catches for 122 yards and two TDs against Alabama in 2009 season national championship game, despite Longhorns’ loss of No. 1 QB Colt McCoy to a first-quarter injury … Entered UT program in 2004, but did not play in ’04 (due to knee injury) or ’05 (due to hamstring injury).
PERSONAL: Hometown is Burnet, Texas ... Attended Rotan High School as a freshman, then transferred to Burnet High, and was coached by his father (Bob) at both schools ... Earned 2003 Parade All-America honors, and was named ’03 Class 3A state Player of the Year by Texas Football magazine ... Earned degree from Texas in kinesiology in 2008, and was in graduate school while playing in ’09.