Wide receiver Sterling Shepard wears his Oklahoma helmet for one last week of practices at this week's Reese's Senior Bowl. Shepard, 5-10, 191, wears the Sooners helmet and the No. 3 in honor of his late father. Derrick Shepard lettered at wide receiver for OU from 1983-1986. The younger Shepard also finished his four-year career as a Sooner.
"That's been a lifelong goal of mine to play at Oklahoma," Shepard said in an exclusive interview with Texans TV. "I've seen a lot of great receivers go through there and seen the mark they've made for themselves and I definitely wanted to be one of those top guys. Fortunately, I was able to do that with some great coaching and a lot of guys around me that are good."
Shepard chronicled the first day of events in Mobile, Alabama in his Senior Bowl player journal. NFL coaches and executives asked about his family and reviewed film with him in meetings this week. Known primarily for being a slot receiver, Shepard may fit differently depending on the NFL team and its offense.
"I think the main thing is playing inside but I've had a couple tell me that they'll be moving me around, inside and outside," Shepard said of his meetings with NFL teams.
A three-year starter, Shepard was named first-team All-American by ESPN.com after amassing 1,288 yards receiving, 11 touchdowns his senior season. So far in Mobile, he has been named one of five standouts from Day 1 of the Senior Bowl practice, according to Pro Football Focus.
"It's great to be here with the top-tier guys around the nation and be able to compete with them and then build a lot of relationships," Shepard said. "That's one of the most important things with these type of deals, building relationships and being around some great guys so we're enjoying it and it's been fun so far."
Shepard will suit up, in his No. 3 jersey, for the South team in the 2016 Senior Bowl game, airing Saturday on NFL Network at 1:30 p.m. CT.
Check out some snapshots from Day 2 of Senior Bowl practice in Fairhope and Mobile, Alabama. Images courtesy of AP.