“That's just the kind of competitor he is,” offensive and defensive lineman Markus Wakefield said.
Shepard has added nearly 20 pounds of muscle since the end of last season. He's still 5-foot-11, and despite putting on the weight, it hasn't hurt his speed.
He's not the biggest and not the fastest, but nobody made more jaw-dropping plays than Shepard last season.
After a solid, if unspectacular sophomore season, Shepard was a question mark. It was a question that was quickly answered in a dominating win against Polo Bowl rival Casady in Week 1.
“That's where it all started to fall into place,” Shepard said. “The game slowed down for me, and I started to really see what I could do.”
The rest of the state learned what he could do, too. Shepard scored 34 touchdowns; rushed for 571 yards; had 1,015 yards as a receiver; and he threw for three scores. He added 103 tackles and eight interceptions playing defense.
“I'm never satisfied,” Shepard said. “There's still a lot I can do and a lot the team can do. We want to go out as back-to-back champions.”