Oklahoma football: WR Sterling Shepard a rare bright spot in Sooners loss to Kansas State

by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: September 22, 2012


photo - Oklahoma's Sterling Shepard (3) leaps over Kansas State's Nigel Malone (24) during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Kansas State University Wildcats (KSU) at the Gaylord Family-Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Sterling Shepard (3) leaps over Kansas State's Nigel Malone (24) during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Kansas State University Wildcats (KSU) at the Gaylord Family-Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Written on his wristbands were the words, ‘RIP, Shep,' so that when Sterling Shepard made and ‘x' with his arms everybody knew what his father meant to him. So much was running through his head when he scored his first career touchdown, Shepard didn't have time to kneel, but he said that next time he hopes his mind will be calm.

Shepard's father, Derrick, passed away in 1999 of a massive heart attack. Sterling Shepard was 6 years old at the time.

Shepard logged his first career start with the Sooners on Saturday and made the most of it with seven catches for 108 yards and a touchdown.

Were the turnovers due to miscommunication or guys not making the right play?

It was a big game and a lot of stuff was running through your head. I think sometimes things happen like that and you just have to play through them. We definitely have to narrow the turnovers down and that will help a lot.

It seemed like Landry was central to several of those turnovers. How would you assess his performance tonight?

Landry's a great player and sometimes nights aren't the way you expect them to be, but he's going to come back and he's going to come back strong.

You had a lot of success. How were you able to find seams in Kansas State's defense?

Yeah. I just tried to look them off and get open and it worked out for me tonight so hopefully I can keep on doing it.

Coach Stoops said he addressed you guys after the game, what did he say?

He just told us, 'It's how are we going to come back and respond. Teams can lose and then not come back at all, but we've got to come back strong and get ready for Texas Tech.'

by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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