It was something receivers coach Jay Norvell talked to the entire receivers corp about in the days leading up to the game. It was a motivated group going into the Tulsa game.
But every OU player and coach saw the image on the front of the program. If there was ever a day the stars were aligning for Shepard, last Saturday was it.
“You can’t help but understand what that means to the kid. We knew he was highly motivated to play well. I think he would’ve been if his dad wasn’t on the cover,” Norvell said. “You wanted him to play well, and he responded. I think everyone felt good about that — his teammates, the coaches, everybody. It’s pretty special to think he’s wearing his dad’s number and honoring him that way. It was pretty cool.”
And it was invigorating for an offense that needed to show it could throw the ball.
Shepard needs to be a big part of the Sooners offense this season. Senior Jalen Saunders is the wide receiver who has proven he can terrorize secondaries. It leaves many opportunities wide open for someone else.
In one highly motivated game, Shepard showed what he can do under those circumstances.
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