Oklahoma receiver Shepard ready for comeback
Sterling Shepard had more than 900 yards receiving in the first seven games of the season last year for Oklahoma.
Twice in three games, Shepard's production ranked among the best of all time at Oklahoma. He had 15 catches against Kansas State. He had 215 yards receiving against TCU.
Then Shepard couldn't get healthy.
Shepard was hurt on the first play of the game against Iowa State – a play where he made a 46-yard catch. He missed the rest of the game against the Cyclones and didn't play the next week against Baylor.
"It was tough," Shepard said to the Associated Press. "Injuries are going to happen. You just don't know when."
The pulled groin against Iowa State never healed right and Shepard tried too often to come back too soon.
"I was trying to come back every week," Shepard said to the Associated Press. "I wanted to be there with my brothers."
The problem was Shepard's brothers weren't there for him.
When Shepard went out, Oklahoma's passing offense fell apart. OU quarterbacks didn't throw for more than 148 yards in any of the remaining games, three of which were losses.
Now, Shepard is healthy heading into his senior season and should benefit from a new offense and some extra experience gained by his teammates.
"It definitely gives you a little spark," Shepard said of playing in the new offense. "I can't wait for the season. We're going to catch a lot of balls."