Chris Shelling was a first-team All-America selection by Football Writers and Scripps Howard in 1994. He started at both corner and safety during his four-year career. Shelling was one of three finalists for the Thorpe Award given to the top defensive back in the nation. His senior year, he led Auburn defensive backs with 96 tackles and was second on the team with 61 solo stops. He recorded two sacks that year and made three interceptions and gained 65 yards in interception returns. His performance in the 1994 LSU game with 18 tackles and a fumble recovery for a touchdown earned him SEC Player of the Week honors.