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Hennessy... I mean Shaughnessy

    Fans of the NFL world probably don’t know who Matt Shaughnessy is. Well, from a Raider’s perspective Oakland’s third year defensive-end Shaughnessy is a star. You will not get that feeling that he is a star, if you were to talk about him at the local store with the average sportsfan (outside Oaktown). He is the type that flies under the radar until he explodes onto the mainstream, similar to Nnamdi Asomugha. He is a Raider, and has to prove he is amazing before being recognized as great by the outsiders. It is no surprise as this fuels some of our players just as it does us....Here are some stats:

           Solo    Ast     Sck    Sfty      PDef     Int    TD     FF    Rec    TD    FP
4     HOU     0     0     0.0     0     0     0     0     0     1     0     3.0
5     NYG     1     0     0.0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     1.0
6     PHI     1     0     0.0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     1.0
7     NYJ     3     0     0.0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     3.0
8     SD     5     0     1.0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     8.0
10     KC     4     0     1.0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     7.0
12     DAL     2     0     0.0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     2.0
13     PIT     0     1     0.0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0.5
14     WAS     2     0     1.0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     5.0
15     DEN     3     1     1.0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     6.5
16     CLE     3     0     0.0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     3.0
17     BAL     2     1     0.0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     2.5

Stats from XMLTeam.com and The Sports Network      <<<When pasted these stats turned into a optical illusion

2010

        Solo     Ast     Sck     SFTY     PDef     Int     TD     FF     Rec     TD
1     TEN     3     0     1.0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     6.0
3     ARI     3     0     1.0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     6.0
4     HOU     2     1     0.0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     2.5
5     SD     3     3     1.0     0     0     0     0     1     0     0     9.5
6     SF     4     0     1.0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     7.0
7     DEN     2     0     0.0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     2.0
8     SEA     3     1     1.0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     6.5
9     KC     5     0     0.0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     5.0
11     PIT     3     3     0.0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     4.5
12     MIA     3     0     0.0     0     0     0     0     1     0     0     5.0
14     JAX     3     1     0.5     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     5.0
15     DEN     4     4     1.5     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     10.5
16     IND     2     0     0.0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     2.0
17     KC     3     0     0.0     0     1     0     0     0     0     0     4.0

Shaughnessy is getting better, plus had no major injuries besides a minor MCL sprain and minor concussion in all seventeen games in 2010. Hopefully the same goes for 2011!

“Shaughnessy is the kind of player you could envision stepping out on the field in a leather helmet playing for George Halas. He's overcome doubters to prove he can play on the defensive line as a 230-pound freshman, only to start seven games before a late-season knee injury.


As a sophomore, he made a rapid recovery from knee surgery and would start the final 33 games of his career. He continued to battle knee and foot injuries, but when he was counted out, Shaughnessy would just put on his jersey, step on the field and give his coaches more than they could ever ask for from a player.


At Norwich Free Academy, Shaughnessy earned Super Prep All-American honors and was rated one of the top 30 defensive ends in the nation according to Rivals.com. He was rated one of top 35 players in the East by Prep Football Report and named to the Connecticut High School Coaches Association and New Haven Register All-State teams in 2004. He also earned All-Conference and All-Area accolades in each of his three final seasons, adding three more letters in basketball and two in track.


Shaughnessy enrolled at Wisconsin as a 230-pound true freshman in 2005. He earned Freshman All-American recognition and was named All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention. In his first campaign with the Badgers, he collected 39 tackles (20 solos), 2.5 sacks and 7.5 stops for losses before his season came to an end when he suffered a torn ligament in his left knee vs. Iowa, sitting out the last two contests.


As a sophomore, Shaughnessy garnered All-Big Ten Conference second-team honors. He started all year at right defensive end, delivering 35 tackles (19 solo) and eight stops behind the line of scrimmage, including four sacks. He also caused and recovered a fumble.


Shaughnessy ranked fourth in the league and 19th nationally, as the team MVP and second-team All-Big Ten pick totaled 18 stops for loss. He was second on the team with five sacks and posted a career-high 60 tackles (41 solo) in 13 games as a junior in 2007. His tackle-for-loss total of 84 yards rank eighth on the school season-record list.


In 2008 spring camp, Shaughnessy suffered a right fibula fracture. Even though he started all year, you could see early in the season that he was still not fully recovered. The All-Big Ten honorable mention managed 40 tackles (29 solo), but did more chasing down the opposing quarterback (10 pressures) than "close the deal" on the passer (four sacks)


Career Notes


Shaughnessy started 46-of-50 games at Wisconsin, recording 174 tackles (109 solos) with 18.5 sacks for minus-119 yards, 41.5 stops for losses totaling 174 yards and 22 quarterback pressures … Caused and recovered one fumble while also deflecting nine passes … His 41.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage rank sixth on the school career-record list behind Tarek Saleh (58.0, 1993-96), Mike Thompson (57.0, 1991-94), Tom Burke (54.0, 1995-98), Don Davey (49.0, 1987-90) and Dave Ahrens (43.0, 1977-80) … His 18 stops for loss in 2007 tied Dave Ahrens for 10th on Wisconsin's single-season record chart … His 84 yards in losses on those 18 tackles rank eighth on the school's annual record books.” -nfldraftscout.com


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