NORMAN — Sterling Shepard stood in front of reporters at Oklahoma’s football media day Saturday, answering questions about his new leadership role within the OU offense and — more specifically — the Sooners’ inexperienced wide receiver corps.
Several minutes into Shepard’s media session, I asked if it seemed strange that he’s already a junior in college.
“Man, yeah,” Shepard responded. “I feel like I was just talking to you last week when I was at Heritage Hall.”
The feeling is mutual.
Three years ago, I was on the high school sports beat at The Oklahoman, covering Shepard’s senior year at Heritage Hall. I was moved onto the OU football beat before the 2012 season, so I’ve watched as the former high school superstar became arguably the best player on a college football team with a legitimate shot at winning the national championship.
Shepard, The Oklahoman’s 2011 Little All-City Player of the Year has caught 96 passes for 1,224 yards and 10 touchdowns over his first two seasons at OU.
On media day, he talked about Dorial Green-Beckham, the leadership lessons he’s learned from past OU wideouts and playing both the inside and outside receiver positions in 2014.
Q: How is Dorial Green-Beckham fitting in with the receiver group?
A: “Great; Dorial’s a great receiver and we love having him in the meeting room. He’s a real funny guy and a great person when you get to know him.”
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