Junior wide receiver Sterling Shepard is looking forward to taking on the responsibilities of being Oklahoma’s top punt returner this season.
“I’ve sat behind in that for a little longer that I’d like,” Shepard said. “It’s my turn now so I’m going to try to step up and do that. We’ve had some great punt returners in the past with Justin Brown and Jalen Saunders. I’m just trying to do something back there.”
Bob Stoops said Shepard had a chance to eclipse Saunders, who returned two punts for touchdowns and averaged 15.4 yards per return last season.
“He’s similar to the guys we’ve had in that he’s got great speed, he’s got great elusiveness,” Stoops said. “He’s stronger than Jalen to run through some arm tackles so he’s a guy that we hope can really give us some really big plays that we’ve been used to having.”