Wake up, Sooner fans! It’s Sterling Shepard Day!
Sterling Shepard came to OU from nearby Heritage Hall in OKC, and his father (Derrick Shepard) and two uncles (Darrell and Woody) all starred for the Sooners. After his father’s death in 1999, Bob Stoops made it a point to welcome Sterling into the OU family with open arms. I believe that Sterling’s appreciation for the tradition and culture at Oklahoma is part of what made him such a special player in Norman.
Shepard only stands at 5-10 and isn’t necessarily the fastest guy (though he does have decent speed), he is exceptional at everything else. OU will have a tough time replacing his production (as we mentioned yesterday), but they will have an even tougher time replacing his big-play abilities.
I have one question for you, Sooner fans... Is Sterling the best receiver in OU history? At the beginning of my time here, I created a list of the top receivers of the Stoops Era with Ryan Broyles at the top. It’s something that I had a tough time with, but I stand by that decision.
Lastly, I can’t wait to watch Sterling on Sundays this season. If Good Eli decides to show up this year, the NFC East is in trouble.