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5   Marcel Shipp
Marcel Shipp

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Paterson, N.J.

High School:
Milford (Conn.) Academy

Height / Weight:
6- / 216

Position:
TB


Walter Payton Award Candidate
All-American
Tri-Captain

One of the top candidates for the Walter Payton Award ? Returns for his fourth season as the starting tailback ? Exciting runner and receiver out of the backfield ? Slashy ball-carrier who makes people miss in the open field ? Good upper-body and leg strength allows him to gain yards after contact ? Preseason first team All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection ? UMass? all-time career leader in rushing yards (5,144), all-purpose yards (6,423) and carries (958), while ranking second in rushing touchdowns (46) and points scored (306) and third in total offense (5,144) and receptions (103) ? Has played in 38 career games, making 36 starts.

1999: Finished sixth in the voting for the 1999 Walter Payton Award, presented annually to the nation?s top Division I-AA offensive player by The Sports Network ? Selected to the Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America team ? Earned second team All-America honors from The Sports Network, Don Hansen?s National Weekly Football Gazette and Teamlink.com, while being a third team All-America selection by the Associated Press ? A first team All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection ? Named to the New England Football Writers Division I-AA All-Star team ? Selected to the All-Eastern College Athletic Conference first team ? Started every game of the season at tailback ? Rushed 391 times for 1,846 yards and 24 touchdowns on the year, while catching 54 passes for 336 yards and another score ??Set new UMass single-season records for rushing touchdowns and points scored, while ranking second on the season lists for carries, rushing yards and all-purpose yards, and fifth for receptions ? Ranked sixth nationally in scoring, seventh in rushing and 12th in all-purpose yards during the regular season ?Led the Atlantic 10 Conference in scoring and touchdowns scored, while ranking second in rushing, third in all-purpose yards and ninth in total offense ? Rushed 28 times for 104 yards and two touchdowns at Georgia Southern in the NCAA quarterfinals, while also catching seven passes for 68 yards ? Had 36 carries for 170 yards and a pair of touchdowns in NCAA first round victory at Furman, including the game-winning touchdown in overtime ? Broke the UMass record for career carries at Furman, while his 36 carries were the ninth-highest single-game total in school history ? Ran 24 times for 142 yards and three touchdowns against Connecticut, despite playing only one series in the second half ? Had 35 carries for 210 yards and three touchdowns at William & Mary, while also catching four passes for 41 yards ? Named the Atlantic 10 Conference Offensive Player of the Week and the WHMP / UMass Athlete of the Week following the William & Mary game ? Ran 32 times for 76 yards and a touchdown at Richmond, in addition to catching three passes for 14 yards ? Had 44 carries for 176 yards and a pair of touchdowns at Delaware, while also catching four passes for 27 yards ? His 44 rushing attempts against Delaware are the second-highest single-game total in school history ? Ran 30 times for 256 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the victory at Maine ? Named the Sports Network National Offensive Player of the Week, the Atlantic 10 Conference Offensive Player of the Week and the WHMP / UMass Athlete of the Week following the Maine game, while also receiving the Coca-Cola Gold Helmet Award as New England?s Division I Player of the Week ? The 256 yards against Maine marked the sixth-highest single-game total in school history ? Had 24 carries for 110 yards and a career-high four touchdowns against Northeastern ? His four touchdowns and 24 points scored against Northeastern rank third on the UMass single-game lists ?Rushed 30 times for 200 yards and two touchdowns against Hofstra, while also catching eight passes for 47 yards ? Carried 28 times for 107 yards at Toledo, while also catching four passes for 10 yards ? Had 22 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown at Villanova, while also catching eight passes for 70 yards and another score ? Ran 35 times for 145 yards and a touchdown against New Hampshire, while also catching two passes ? Named to the ECAC / Budget Division I-AA Honor Roll four times, following the Hofstra, Northeastern, Maine and Delaware games ? Named preseason Offensive Back of the Year and preseason first team All-America by Don Hansen?s National Weekly Football Gazette ? Preseason first team All-America selection by The Sports Network, The Sporting News and Preview Sports, while earning second team honors from Teamlink.com ? Also named to the preseason All-Atlantic 10 first team by A-10 coaches and The Sporting News.

1998: The starting tailback for the Minutemen ? Started all 14 games he played in ? Named a first team All-American by Don Hansen?s Football Gazette ? Also earned second team All-America honors from USA Today / ESPN, The Sports Network and the Associated Press ? A first team All-Atlantic 10 Conference and first team All-Eastern College Athletic Conference selection ? Carried 428 times for 2,542 yards and 18 touchdowns ? Also had 39 receptions for 390 yards and four scores ? Averaged 216.6 all-purpose yards per game, for 3,032 total all-purpose yards ? Led the team in scoring with 132 points on 22 touchdowns ? Also returned seven kickoffs for 100 yards ? Totaled 1,949 rushing yards and 2,337 all-purpose yards during the regular season, the seventh highest single season totals in NCAA Division I-AA history for both categories ? Ranked second in the Atlantic 10 Conference in rushing yards, third in scoring and fourth in all-purpose yards during the regular season ? Stood third nationally in rushing yards, fifth in all-purpose yards and 14th in scoring at the end of the regular season ? Broke the school single-season records for rushing yards, carries and all-purpose yards, while ranking second for touchdowns scored and points scored, and third for rushing touchdowns and total offense ? Averaged 181.6 yards per game on the ground, setting a new school single-season record ? Ranked 10th on the UMass single-season list for receptions ? Carried 35 times for 244 yards and three touchdowns against Georgia Southern in the NCAA championship game ? Set NCAA championship game records for both carries and rushing yards ? Also set a UMass postseason single-game record for rushing yards against the Eagles, while tying records for rushing touchdowns, touchdowns scored and points scored ? His 244 yards against Georgia Southern were the eighth-best single-game total in UMass history, while his 282 all-purpose yards rank eighth and his 35 carries 10th ? Named the WHMP / UMass Athlete of the Week following the Georgia Southern game ? Rushed 38 times for 190 yards and a touchdown in NCAA semifinal victory at Northwestern State, while also catching three passes for 23 yards ? His 38 carries against Northwestern State set a new UMass single-game postseason record ? Named the WHMP / UMass Athlete of the Week following the Northwestern State game ? Ran for 159 yards and a touchdown on 36 carries in NCAA quarterfinal victory over Lehigh, while also catching three passes for 41 yards ? Missed the NCAA first round game at McNeese State due to a knee injury ? Had 38 carries for 257 yards and two scores in the home game against Connecticut ? His 257 yards were the sixth-highest single game total in school history, while the 38 carries tied the fourth-highest single game total ? Also totaled a career-best 297 all-purpose yards against UConn, the fifth-highest single game total ever by a UMass player, despite not practicing the week of the game due to injury ? Ran 38 times for a career-best 270 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Maine ? His 270 yards against Maine were the fourth-highest single game total in school history, with the 38 carries tying for fourth all-time ??Totaled 294 all-purpose yards against Maine, ranking sixth on the UMass single game list ? Carried 28 times for 144 yards and a touchdown at Rhode Island ? Received the Bill Knight Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the game at New Hampshire, rushing 29 times for 185 yards and two scores ??Also named the WHMP / UMass Athlete of the Week following the New Hampshire game ? Had 41 carries for 175 yards and two touchdowns against Villanova, while also catching four passes for 20 yards and another score ? Selected to the Metropolitan New York Football Writers Association Offensive Honor Roll following the Villanova game ? His 41 carries were the third-most ever by a UMass running back in a single game ? Carried 30 times for 189 yards and a touchdown at Connecticut, while also catching three passes for 39 yards ? Selected to the Metropolitan New York Football Writers Association Offensive Honor Roll following the Connecticut game ? Ran 24 times for 190 yards and a touchdown against James Madison, while also catching a pass for 29 yards ? Selected to the Metropolitan New York Football Writers Association Offensive Honor Roll following the James Madison game, while also earning WHMP / UMass Athlete of the Week honors ? Caught four passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns at Hofstra, in addition to running 27 times for 146 yards ? Rushed 26 times for 221 yards and a touchdown against Buffalo, while also returning two kickoffs for 53 yards ? The 221 yards were the 10th-best single game performance ever by a UMass running back ? Also had 282 all-purpose yards against Buffalo, the eighth-best single game performance in school history ??Named the WHMP / UMass Athlete of the Week following the Buffalo game ? Had 21 carries for 99 yards at Richmond, while also catching three passes for 30 yards and a touchdown ? Ran 17 times for 73 yards at Delaware, in addition to catching four passes for 23 yards.

1997: Saw action in all 11 games at tailback, starting the last nine ? Finished with 139 carries for 756 yards and four touchdowns ? Set school record for freshman rushing yards (756), breaking John Johnson?s previous mark of 729 yards set in 1990 ? Had 10 receptions for 161 yards ? Led UMass in carries, rushing yards, average rushing yards per game (68.7) and all-purpose yards (1,209) ? Averaged 109.9 all-purpose yards per game ? Finished second on team in scoring with 24 points and kick return yardage with 292 yards on 17 returns (17.2 average) ? For the season, averaged 7.3 yards every time he touched the ball ? Had 110 yards on 17 carries against Connecticut, while catching two passes for 75 yards and returning three kicks for 33 yards to produce 218 all-purpose yards ? Rushed for 104 yards on 16 carries and caught two passes for 14 yards against Hofstra ? Gained 97 yards on 16 carries at James Madison ? Rushed 22 times for 82 yards in the victory over Rhode Island, including a four-yard touchdown run.

Before UMass: Played one year of prep ball for Jeff Bevino at Milford (Conn.) Academy ? Played his high school ball for John Iurato at Passaic (N.J.) Tech ? Ran for 1,510 yards and 24 touchdowns on 172 carries (8.8 average) during his senior season ? A New Jersey Super 100 pick, as one of the top 100 high school seniors in the state ? Participated in the New Jersey North-South All-Star Game ? First team All-State choice as a senior ? Two-time Newark Star-Ledger and North Jersey Herald-News All-Area pick ? Ran for 3,239 yards and 42 touchdowns on 429 carries (7.8 average) in his prep career.

Personal: Full name is Marcel Cornelius Shipp ? Son of Ida Shipp ? Born August 8, 1978 in Paterson, N.J. ? Attended the same prep school as sophomore wide receiver Jimmie Howard ? Majoring in Sociology.

Shipp's Rushing Statistics

YearAttYdsAvgTDLong
19971397565.4438
199842825425.91882
199939118464.72464
TOTALS95851445.44682

Shipp's Receiving Statistics

YearNoYdsAvgTDLong
19971016116.1068
19983939010.0432
1999543366.2139
Totals1038878.6568

Shipp's Kickoff Return Statistics

YearNoYdsAvgTDLong
19971729217.2042
1998710014.3030
1999000.000
TOTALS2439216.3042

Shipp's Career Highs

Rushing Yards             270 vs. Maine, 11/14/98
Rushing Attempts           44 vs. Delaware, 10/23/99
Long Run                   82 vs. Maine, 11/14/98
Touchdowns Rushing          4 vs. Northeastern, 10/9/99
Long Touchdown Run         82 vs. Maine, 11/14/98
Receptions                  8 vs. Villanova, 9/18/99
                            8 vs. Hofstra, 10/2/99
Receiving Yards            75 vs. Connecticut, 11/15/97
Long Reception             68 vs. Connecticut, 11/15/97
Touchdowns Receiving        2 vs. Hofstra, 10/3/98
Long Touchdown Reception   32 vs. Hofstra, 10/3/98
Kickoff Returns             3 vs. Buffalo, 10/18/97
                            3 vs. Delaware, 10/25/97
                            3 vs. Connecticut, 11/15/97
                            3 vs. Hofstra, 10/3/98
Kickoff Return Yards       77 vs. Buffalo, 10/18/97
Long Kickoff Return        42 vs. Buffalo, 10/18/97
All-Purpose Yards         297 vs. Connecticut, 11/21/98

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