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44 for 44: A.Q. Shipley

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Penn State has produced plenty of quality offensive linemen–and that’s pretty much a given when you consider just how solid the running game has been just about every year in the past 50. But only one Penn Stater ever received the highest honor for his work on the offensive line.

The fourth player in the 44 for 44 is Allan Quay Shipley.

Like so many of our other profiled players, Shipley’s outstanding career started in high school.  A two-way standout along both lines, Shipley was named a first-team all-district, all-region, and all-state, player.  He earned his way into the Big 33 Game, and on just about every All Star team Pennsylvania had to offer.  Shipley could’ve gone to virtually any school in the northeast, but he chose the local Lions.

But his path to dominance for Penn State did not come easy.  Shipley came to Penn State as a defensive tackle, and was reportedly unhappy with his move to center.  Even if he didn’t want to play the offensive line, it would only be natural to be perturbed by the way he was jerked around, from defense to offense, switching back and forth repeatedly during his first couple seasons.  But by Shipley’s redshirt sophomore season in 2006, he had won a starting job at center and would never look back.  Anchoring a young offense line, Shipley was the only Nittany Lion offensive lineman to start all 13 games, and though Penn State struggled with inconsistency in the first year of the Anthony Morelli era, Shipley was a rock.

By his junior season, Shipley started to gain regional and national recognition, especially as Penn State’s offensive line became a more cohesive unit.  Named a first team All-Conference selection and Rimington award finalist for the best center in the nation, Shipley was named to ESPN’s All-Bowl team following Penn State’s victory over Texas A&M in the Alamo Bowl, one in which the Lions racked up 270 yards on the ground behind their offensive line.

Heading into 2008, Shipley was widely considered one of the best offensive linemen in the country, finding himself on preseason watchlists for the Rimington, Lombardi, and Outland trophies.  More importantly, though, he was a captain on a team that would exceed expectations behind their senior leadership.  And while Penn State boasted one of its best offenses in school history, Shipley, too, stood out, finding himself once again a first-team All Big Ten selection, but this time winning the Rimington Trophy and earning the nod as the best center in college football. Named an All-American, too, Shipley stands out as one of the most decorated linemen in Penn State history.

Shipley may have turned heads when he scored a whopping 40 on the Wonderlic test at the 2008 combine–one of the best scores recorded that year–but found himself merely a 7th-round draft pick of his hometown Steelers, mainly due to concerns about his arm length.  This January, the Eagles signed him off Pittsburgh’s practice squad, and with a hole on Philadelphia’s offensive line, Shipley is expected to contend for the starting job.

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