NORMAN — Oklahoma freshman receiver Sterling Shepard made his home debut Saturday in the Sooners' 69-13 victory over Florida A&M.
Shepard had three catches for 48 yards wearing the same No. 3 jersey as his father, former Sooner Derrick Sheppard, who died in 1999 when he son was six years old. After the game, Sterling Shepard, a former All-Stater at Heritage Hall, talked about what it all meant to him.
Q: You made that first catch kind of acrobatic.
A: Yeah I was just trying to get open, went to the middle and Landry (Jones) saw me and saw the ball whistling so I knew I had to get it.
Q: How'd it feel, just that first catch?
A: It was a relief. I got the first one out of the way. Hopefully there's plenty more to come, and I just thought of my dad when I caught it.
Q: What was it like to get the kind of reception you did?
A: It was great. I popped up and then knew I had to get the next play though, so I just got my mind back ready to catch another one. Locked it up.
Q: Since you've been here they've talked about your ability to pick up the offense quickly. How have you done it?
Here you have to learn fast because comes at you juts so quick. In order to be on the field you have to pick it up fast and get it down, so I spent a lot of time studying and it paid off.
How big of a role has Kenny (Stills) played in your development?
Man, a tremendous role. He knows what he's doing out there in situations, and he's always just told me, “Look at the play call and get it.”
What was your experience coming out of the tunnel for your first home game?
It was amazing coming out of that tunnel, seeing all the fans. It was my first time ever doing it. It was fun. I got that first one out of the way so now I know for next time.
What was the best part of tonight?
I'd have to say probably the catch but I had a few blocks, too. I'm always trying to help the team out. My blocks were pretty good tonight, too.