Allan Q. Shipley is a center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who selected him with the 226th overall pick in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Shipley played four seasons for Penn State, where he won the 2008 Rimington Trophy as the best center in the nation. Shipley is 6-feet, 1-inch tall and weighs 297 pounds.
Shipley played on both lines at Moon Area High School in Moon Township, PA. As a senior, he helped the team reach the state semifinals, recording 53 total tackles (13 for loss) and 3.0 sacks. He finished his high school career with 243 total tackles. Scout.com ranked him as the No. 14 defensive tackle prospect in the nation. He committed to Penn State prior to his senior season.
Shipley redshirted the 2004 season, then moved from defensive tackle to center in spring practice in 2005. As a redshirt freshman, Shipley spent the first half of the season as a reserve on the offensive line, then moved back to defense for the second half of the season, finishing with four total tackles and a sack.
Shipley was a full-time offensive lineman in 2006, starting every game and leading the team in offensive snaps.
Shipley continued his starts streak as a junior, capping the 2007 season by catching a deflected pass and gaining four yards in the Alamo Bowl.
As a senior, Shipley was one of the most decorated players in the nation. He won Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year honors. He also earned the Rimington Trophy, marking the fourth straight year a Penn State player won a major national award. Shipley was a consensus first team All-Big Ten selection, and earned first team All-America honors from the FWAA.
Shipley was selected in the seventh round (226th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Before the 2009 season, Shipley signed a three-year/$1.227M contract with Pittsburgh.
Shipley was waived on Sept. 5, 2009, but re-signed to the Steelers practice squad a day later.
The game will feature two players who won major college football awards. Penn State senior A.Q. Shipley won the Rimington Award, honoring the nation's top center, while USC senior Rey Maualuga won the Chuck Bednarik Award as the nation's top defensive player.
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