2017 Awards / Honors
Division II All-American (Coaches)
Finalist for Cliff Harris Award (top D2/D3 defender)
Collected 27 tackles for loss in three seasons following a two-year layoff to save up money for college. Final season produced 38 tackles, 12 ½ TFLs and four sacks, leading the Tigers to a conference title. Registered three TFLs in victory over Northwest Missouri State that clinched league crown. In all, Shepherd produced TFLs in nine of FHSU’s 11 games. Tallied nine TFLs and two forced fumbles in 2016. Shined in two days of Senior Bowl workouts before his week was cut short by a broken bone in his hand. Played one year as an undersized DE at Simon Fraser before running out of money. Went home to work in a plant nursery, a factory and electrical construction while putting on bulk. Walked on at Fort Hays State before earning scholarship.