UT's McCoy, Shipley try to live up to their names

September, 16, 2011
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HornsNation writer Carter Strickland has profiled two familiar last names for Texas fans -- McCoy and Shipley. But we're not talking Colt or Jordan. Instead, the Longhorns' faithful will be seeing a healthy dose of their younger brothers -- Case McCoy and Jaxson Shipley -- vs. UCLA on Saturday.

Here's a snippet:
For Texas, not many shadows are larger than those hanging over Case McCoy and Jaxon Shipley.

Case is the brother of Colt, who owns a litany of Texas and NCAA records, and whose Longhorns career was ended by injury just a few plays into the 2009 BCS Championship Game -- at the Rose Bowl, no less.

Jaxon is the brother of the Texas wide receiver who couldn't be stopped by Alabama, or anyone. Jordan Shipley had 10 catches, 122 yards and two touchdowns as Jaxon watched from the Rose Bowl stands with his father, Bob. That was also the last day of Jordan's career in burnt orange and white.

Now it is Case and Jaxon's turn. The stakes are not as high. UCLA is not Alabama, and the third week of the season is not make-or-break. But the shadows are still large.

"We both have big shoes to fill,'' Shipley said. "For me, I am just trying to go out there and have fun and not worry about the pressure, not get caught up in the pressure side of things and live up to what your brother did. You can get caught up in that."

For more of HornsNation writer Carter Strickland's feature on these two familiar last names for Texas fans, click here.

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