Played in all 12 games at tight end for the Herd, starting 11 contests...Caught eight passes for 115 yards...Had a 10-yard reception at WVU...Snagged an eight-yard completion at Kansas State...Caught a career-high three passes for 67 yards against Tulane...solid receiver and excellent blocker.
Played in eight games before suffering a knee injury...Caught one pass for six yards at UCF.
2004 (Redshirt Freshman):
Saw action in all 12 games and earned a start against Ohio...Tallied three receptions for 29 yards on the year...Recorded one kick return for seven yards...Had a season-long 18-yard reception at Akron.
Redshirted, did not play...Named one of the team's most improved offensive players by the coaching staff following 2004 spring practice.
Was a four-year letter winner in football, basketball and track at Portage Area High Schoo...Played for coach Gary Gouse...Selected to play in the Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star Game, and was nominated for the Big 33 All-Star Game and the PSFCA East-West All-Star Game...A first team all-state pick by the AP at tight end as a senior...Also named to the All-Conference and All-Area teams...Was the leading scorer in the conference...Named team MVP as well as top defensive player...Twice named to the Pennsylvania Football News All-Academic Team...Finished his hoops career as the second leading scorer in school history...A four-time All-Conference basketball player...A three-time all-conference track team member and was team MVP as a junior...Set a school shot put record during his sophomore season...Finished his prep football career with more than 1,000 receiving yards and 33 touchdowns.
Full name is Brian R. Shope...Born on July 21, 1984...Son of Daniel and Deborah Shope...Has a brother, Ben, and a sister, Breanna...Majoring in adult fitness.