Texas Football | Jaxon Shipley Listed as Day-to-Day
Jaxon Shipley could be available for the season opener against North Texas on Saturday as the senior is now listed as day-to-day by head coach Charlie Strong.
Shipley's day-to-day status was announced in the first Big 12 coaches teleconference on Monday morning. With the season quickly approaching (5 days to go!), Coach Strong stated that Shipley is "getting better and better". The timing would be just right. Shipley is Texas' leading returning wide receiver, but he was injured (hamstring) early in fall camp. The injury kept Shipley from practicing and has also left the Longhorns a little light in the Wide Receiver department.
With the dismissals of junior Kendall Sanders and redshirt freshman Montrel Meander prior to fall camp, it will be important for the team to get Shipley back on the field for game day. However, at the very least, it looks like Coach strong will make the call on game day as to whether Shipley will play or not.
Shipley is a senior, so his absence at fall camp isn't the end of the world. He knows where he needs to be and should quickly catch up to speed. With David Ash missing some of the spring practice a majority of the summer with a foot injury, it may take a little time for their chemistry to develop once the season starts.
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If Shipley can't go, junior wide receiver Marcus Johnson may be the answer at the No. 1 receiver spot, but let's hope it doesn't come to that. If this team is going to put up yards through the air, rest assured that Shipley is going to be a major part it's success.
For what it's worth, Johnson had 22 catches for 350 yards and two touchdowns last season, while Shipley led the team in catches with 56 receptions for 589 yards and one touchdown.
(Source: Burnt Orange Nation)