Texas WR Shipley granted sixth year

AUSTIN (AP) - Texas senior wide receiver Jordan Shipley has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.

Shipley missed the 2004 and 2005 football seasons because of knee and hamstring injuries.

He was a third-team AP All-American this season. Shipley is the top receiver for the No. 3 Longhorns with 79 catches for 982 yards and 11 touchdowns.

He also returned both a punt and a kickoff for a TD during the season, becoming just the fourth Longhorn to do so in a career.

Shipley says it's "definitely a blessing to be able to play one more season at Texas."

Texas on Jan. 5 plays Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.

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