Shipley Up for Honor

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA., May 2, 2007 – Penn State junior center A.Q. Shipley (Coraopolis, Pa.) has been named to the Spring Watch List for the 2007 Rimington Trophy. Shipley was one of 18 juniors and five Big Ten players among the 46 players nation wide named to the watch list for the trophy which is in its eighth year recognizing the most outstanding center in college football.

Shipley, entering his second season as a starter in 2007, is among eight returning starters on offense for Penn State and is expected to be a strong leader for the Nittany Lion offensive line. An honorable-mention All-Big Ten choice in 2006, Shipley was the only offensive lineman to start every game and led the offense and was fourth on the team playing 897 snaps. Shipley's play helped pave the way for Tony Hunt to post eight 100-yard games and 1,386 yards rushing, the sixth highest season total in Penn State history. Hunt became just the sixth Nittany Lion to compile a pair of 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

The Rimington Trophy is presented by Canon, Cornhusker Marriott, and Logitech and is hosted by the Boomer Esiason Foundation. West Virginia's Dan Mozes, the 2006 winner, joined Minnesota's Greg Eslinger, Michigan's David Baas (2004 co-winner), LSU's Ben Wilkerson (2004 co-winner), Virginia Tech's Jake Grove, Miami's Brett Romberg, Ohio State's LeCharles Bentley, and Nebraska's Dominic Raiola among past recipients. Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first team All- America center at Nebraska in 1981 and 1982 during which he became the John Outland Trophy's only double winner as the nation's premiere college interior lineman.

The winner is selected by determining the consensus All-American center pick from four existing All America Teams including: the American Football Coaches Association, the Walter Camp Foundation, the Sporting News and the Football Writers Association of America. The center with the most first team votes will be determined the winner and will be honored at an awards banquet at the Rococo Theater in Lincoln, Nebraska in January of 2008.

Penn State will open the 2007 campaign on Sept. 1 against Florida International in Beaver Stadium. Coach Joe Paterno enters his 42nd season as head coach with 15 returning starters (8 offense, 6 defense, 1 specialist) from last year's 9-4 squad. The Nittany Lions boast a blockbuster 2007 home schedule that includes five bowl teams from 2006: Notre Dame (Sept. 8), Iowa (Oct. 6), Wisconsin (Oct. 13- Homecoming), Ohio State and Purdue (Nov. 3).

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