Respect. A.Q. Shipley has earned it from all corners for his superb play at center the past two years. A starter in the past 26 games, Shipley anchors an offensive line that made great strides as the 2007 season progressed, becoming one of the squad's most consistently productive units. He was recognized by the conference coaches with his selection as the 2007 first-team All-Big Ten center. Shipley is a candidate for the Rimington Award for the second consecutive year and also is on the Watch List for the Rotary Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy. Phil Steele's 2008 College Football lists him as the No. 7 center in the nation entering the season and a first-team all-conference pick. But, of all the recognitions he has received, the one that means the most was being elected an offensive co-captain by his teammates for the 2008 campaign. The former Moon Area HS standout is the first offensive lineman to be elected a captain since Matt Schmitt in 2002. And he's the first center to be named a captain since Barry Tielsch in 1996. A hard-working leader for the offense, Shipley has used his skills, tenacity and competitive nature to become one of the top offensive linemen in the Big Ten. He is an intense and physical presence on the line. Shipley and the offensive line, which returns intact, gained further recognition after leading the way for a season-high 270 rushing yards in the Valero Alamo Bowl win over Texas A&M. He was selected to the 2007 ESPN.com All-Bowl team, joining teammate and fellow Pittsburgher Sean Lee on the prestigious squad. A former defensive tackle, Shipley has one of the squad's most engaging personalities and played a jovial Santa Claus at the team's bowl game Christmas party during the 2005 and `06 seasons. An accomplished golfer, he is one of 10 returning Nittany Lions from western Pennsylvania. Shipley is on schedule to graduate in December.
2007 Senior Season
Shipley extended his streak of starts at center to all 26 games over two years and anchored an offensive line that became a cohesive and highly productive unit as the season progressed. His efforts were recognized by the conference coaches with his selection as the first-team All-Big Ten center. Shipley also was a candidate for the Rimington Award. Shipley and the O-Line were instrumental in helping Rodney Kinlaw post the fourth 1,000-yard rushing season by a Nittany Lion in the past six years. Kinlaw's total of 1,326 yards was ninth-highest in school season history. Shipley helped Penn State average 400.1 yards per game -- 193.8 rushing and 206.3 passing -- and 5.5 yards per play. The Nittany Lions ran for 200 yards or more six times, with 270 yards against Texas A&M, 256 yards against Iowa and 251 yards against Purdue. Shipley and the offensive line put together one of the season's best performances on the ground in the Valero Alamo Bowl. In the 24-17 victory over Texas A&M, the Lions accumulated a season-high 270 yards on the ground, averaging 6.6 yards per play. Shipley made his first career reception, rumbling for four yards after snaring a deflected pass, and earned a spot on the ESPN.com All-Bowl team. The O-Line paved the way for Penn State to gain 2,519 rushing yards, with 27 touchdowns, averaging 4.8 yards per attempt, up 0.6 from 2006. Shipley was on the field for 997 snaps, the fourth-highest total on the squad, led by 89 plays against Iowa and 87 at Indiana and at Michigan State.
2006 Junior Season
Shipley moved to center during spring practice and won the position, starting every game. He was the only offensive lineman to start every contest and was on the field for 897 snaps, highest among all offensive players and fourth-highest on the squad. Shipley was instrumental in helping the Nittany Lions rush for a season-high 389 yards against Youngstown State, their highest total in four years, and gain 233 yards rushing against Northwestern. At Purdue, Shipley and the O-Line paved the way for 240 yards on the ground. The Lions rushed for 212 yards against Temple to record Penn State's fourth 200-yard rushing game of the season. He was instrumental in helping Tony Hunt become just the sixth Nittany Lion to compile a pair of 1,000-yard rushing seasons, finishing second on the school's career rushing list with 3,320 yards. Shipley was on the field for a career-high 86 plays in the shutout win at Purdue.
2005 Sophomore Season
The 2005 season saw Shipley help the offense and defense en route to the Big Ten title. In his first season on the field, he was shifted from the defensive line to center prior to spring practice. Shipley provided depth at center and guard the first half of the season. The week prior to the Illinois game, he went back to defensive tackle where he had an immediate impact, making five tackles with two sacks the remainder of the season. He recorded three stops, with a sack, against the Illini and added another sack in the Senior Day win over Wisconsin. Playing in every game, Shipley was on the field for 226 snaps, topped by 41 against Cincinnati.
2004 Freshman Season
Redshirt season. Shipley played defensive tackle on the foreign team.
Shipley helped Moon Area HS reach the 2003 Western Pennsylvania District Class AAA semifinals after winning the Parkway Conference championship. Shipley had 53 tackles as a senior, including 13 for loss and three sacks, and forced two fumbles. A four-year starter for Coach Mark Capuano, Shipley ended his career with 243 tackles, 41 for loss and 13 sacks. Shipley also was a member of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25, and the Harrisburg Patriot-News Platinum 33. He also was a three-year starter in basketball and was a two-year captain of the football and basketball teams. Shipley played in the 2004 Big 33 Classic.
Full name is Allan Q. Shipley. He is the son of Allan and Patricia Shipley and has an older sister, Nicole. He lists golf, reading and music as hobbies. Shipley is majoring in labor and industrial relations. Born May 22, 1986 in Beaver County, Pa.4