Shipley Out For The Season

True freshman <B>Jordan Shipley</B>, whose performance over the first 10 days of August camp had him in position to be a part of UT's wide receiver rotation in the fall, will miss the entire 2004 season due to a non-contact knee injury suffered on the last play of Thursday's morning practice at Denius.

The results of the MRI taken later that day and released Friday evening revealed that Shipley suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, Longhorn head football trainer Kenny Boyd confirmed Friday. Shipley will undergo reconstructive surgery in the next couple of weeks.

"We're really disappointed for Jordan," Mack Brown said in a statement released through The University. "He was having a very good camp and it looked like he was going to be able to help us as a true freshman this season. It's unfortunate, but he is a really hard worker who we're looking forward to getting back on the field next year."

With Shipley sidelined for the season, Nathan Jones looks to be the true freshman wideout most likely to lose the 'shirt this fall. Like Shipley, his August work has been impressive.

The Texas coaches shuffled the receiver line-up a bit earlier this week by moving Brian Carter from back-up flanker to starting split end while Eric Enard made the opposite move, from split end to back-up flanker (behind starter Tony Jeffery). Then, during Thursday's abbreviated outdoor evening session, after Shipley's morning injury, Nate Jones ran QB-WR drills with the flankers following a dozen workouts at split end.

Through the last open practice of this week in 11-on-11 work, the Horns' top four wideouts remained Jeffery and Enard at flanker and Carter and Limas Sweed at split end, although Tyrell Gatewood's string of strong performances pushed him to the edge of earning a spot in that top four. Billy Pittman and Jones appeared to be the next two in the rotation.

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