Oklahoma football: Sterling Shepard appears ready to go

by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: November 19, 2013

While Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel was coy when asked about the return of wide receiver Sterling Shepard, Jalen Saunders seemed a bit more confident that Shepard would be back Saturday against Kansas State after leaving the Baylor game early with a concussion and then missing the win over Iowa State.

“We just feel like our offense is back now to our normal position,” Saunders said. “It kind of threw us out of place, but not too much out of place last week of course. Sterling has a tremendous drive and plays a big role in our offense.”

Heupel said Shepard's return would help “if that happens.”

“Unfortunately we saw some of missing him in the Baylor game, what we had to do, shuffling receivers around, guys not playing in their primary positions,” Heupel said. “We didn't execute as well as we needed to. Having him back, he plays extremely physical and competitive. He's reliable. Quarterbacks have a trust factor with him.”

HEUPEL TIGHT-LIPPED ON BELL, KNIGHT

A day after Sooners coach Bob Stoops said it wouldn't be beneficial to name his starting quarterback before Saturday, Heupel wasn't going to give anything up.

“Yeah, right,” Heupel said when asked who would start Saturday. “I defer to him.”

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by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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