Position
Wide Receiver
Height
6'1
Weight
195 lbs.
Class
Senior
Hometown
Houston, Texas
Major
General Studies
High School
Cypress Ridge HS

CAREER
Multi-threat player who played three positions – quarterback, running back and wide receiver – during his career with the Tigers … Played in 49 games with 14 starts … Finished with 733 rushing yards and 565 receiving yards on 58 catches … Scored 10 touchdowns during career (5 rushing, 5 receiving) …  Came to LSU as the nation’s top dual-threat quarterback as a senior in high school in 2008  … Graduated in December of 2012 with a degree in general studies.

SENIOR SEASON (2012)
Played in 13 games with one start … Rushed a career-high eight times for 33 yards against Mississippi State … Gained 22 yards rushing on three carries with a long of 19 against Alabama … Posted a career-high 78-yard TD run against Towson … Set a career high with 68 yards receiving on three catches against Idaho and added 24 rushing yards on three carries. 

JUNIOR SEASON (2011)
Played in 11 games with four starts … Finished second on the team with four receiving touchdowns, third on the team with 190 receiving yards and fourth with 14 receptions … Caught one touchdown pass in four games in 2011: Tennessee, Auburn, Ole Miss and Arkansas … Made two catches for 13 yards and one TD versus Arkansas … Caught one pass for a 22-yard touchdown at Ole Miss … Caught a touchdown for the second-straight game on a 10-yard screen from Jarrett Lee against Auburn … Hauled in his second career TD reception on a 14-yard screen pass from Jarrett Lee in the fourth quarter at Tennessee … Caught a pass for a career-long 37 yards against Florida and finished with two grabs for 41 yards … Saw his first action of the season and started at West Virginia, finishing with one catch for 16 yards and one carry for three yards … Suspended by the NCAA for the first three games of the season.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2010)
Played in 13 games with nine starts in his first full season at a position other than quarterback … Ranked second on team with 33 catches for 254 yards and one score … Added another 226 rushing yards and two TDs on 32 carries … Ranked fourth on squad in rushing yards … Finished year with 480 yards of total offense … Averaged 7.4 yards every time he touched the ball … Opened season with 67 yards rushing and a TD to go with two catches for 12 yards and a score in 30-24 win over North Carolina … Became first LSU player since Early Doucet in 2006 to catch a TD and rush for a score in the same game … Caught a TD pass for the first time in the first quarter of season-opener against North Carolina on a six-yard reception from Jordan Jefferson … Added a 50-yard touchdown run vs. the Tar Heels for the first multi-TD game of his career … Followed the North Carolina game with a 48-yard, 1-TD effort in road win over Vanderbilt … Caught a career-best seven passes for 53 yards in win over McNeese State … Had big impact in win over Alabama with a 41-yard run to set up a fourth quarter field goal that pulled the Tigers to within 14-13 … Finished Alabama game with 47 yards rushing and one catch for seven yards … Caught five passes for 20 yards at Auburn … Caught at least one pass in 12 of LSU’s 13 games … Did not catch a pass in bowl game vs. Texas A&M.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2009)
Played in 12 games with no starts as a true freshman … Lined up at three positions on the offensive side of the ball – quarterback, running back and wide receiver … Played a total of 90 offensive snaps for the Tigers in 2009 – 40 at running back, 28 at quarterback and 22 at wide receiver … Played quarterback in the Wildcat offense for the Tigers … Moved to running back late in the year when injuries sidelined LSU’s top three tailbacks … Ranked third on team with 277 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns … Scored first career TD on a 69-yard run in win over Auburn … His 69-yard TD against Auburn marked the longest run from scrimmage for LSU since Jacob Hester ran 87 yards for a TD against Louisiana Tech in 2007 … Finished Auburn game with 71 rushing yards on six carries … Added his second rushing TD on a 20-yard run vs. Tulane … Caught five passes for 34 yards … Had two catches for 18 yards vs. Alabama … Graduated high school early, enrolled at LSU in January of 2009 and went through spring practice with the Tigers.

HIGH SCHOOL
Widely considered the top dual-threat quarterback in the country for the Class of 2009 … Earned Parade All-America honors as well as being a second-team All-USA selection by the USA Today … Lived up to his billing during a prolific senior season in which he led Cypress Ridge High School to the third round of the Texas Class 5A Division II State Playoffs … Racked up 538 yards of total offense and six touchdowns in the Rams’ third-round loss to Copperas Cove … Tallied more than 1,000 yards of offense with a total of 14 touchdowns in three playoff games … Team finished with a 9-3 record in 2008 … Accounted for nearly 4,000 total yards and 48 touchdowns on the year … Completed 55 percent of his passes for 1,843 yards and 20 touchdowns with just four interceptions … Also carried the ball 257 times for 1,946 yards and 28 touchdowns … Finished his senior season ranked as the No. 1 high school player in the state of Texas by Rivals.com and SuperPrep … Honored by the Associated Press as a first-team Class 5A all-state performer and the Texas Class 5A Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 … Was also named the Touchdown Club of Houston’s Offensive Player of the Year following his senior season … One of 32 finalists for the national Joe Montana Quarterback of the Year award … Earned the right to compete in the Under Armour High School All-America Game on Jan. 4 … While starting at quarterback for the Black Team, he accounted for two touchdowns in the game, including a 92-yard touchdown pass in the first half … Also showed off his elusiveness by scoring on a 15-yard quarterback draw early in the second half while finishing the game with 39 yards rushing on four carries  … Finished his high school career with more than 8,000 yards of total offense and 98 total touchdowns to his credit … Rushed for 66 touchdowns while passing for 32 touchdowns during his high school career … Honored by Cypress Ridge High School by having his jersey No. 10 retired less than one month after his final game … Coached at Cypress Ridge by Gary Thiebaud.

PERSONAL
Full name is Russell Oliver Shepard, Jr. … Born Sept. 17, 1990, in Houston, Texas … Parents are Russell Sr., and Nikki Shepard …  One of the most active LSU players in the community, spending time in the prison systems around Louisiana, working with the Oliver Foundation, which is a childhood obesity organization, as well as being part of the Big Brother program at Glen Oaks.

CAREER RECEIVING HIGHS         
Receptions: 7 vs. McNeese State, 2010
Yards: 68 vs. Idaho, 2012
Touchdowns: 1, five times (Last: vs. Arkansas, 2011)
Long: 37 vs. Florida, 2011

CAREER RUSHING HIGHS                                               
Attempts: 8 vs. Mississippi State, 2012
Yards: 78 vs. Towson, 2012
Touchdowns: 1, five times (Last: vs. Towson, 2012)           
Long: 78 vs. Towson, 2012

 

SHEPARD’S CAREER RECEIVING STATISTICS

Year

G-GS
Rec.
Yds.
TD
LG

2009

12-0
5
34
0
13

2010

13-9

33
249
1
22
2011

11-4

14

190

4

37

2012 13-1 6 92 0 33

Totals

49-14
58
565
6
37

SHEPARD’S CAREER RUSHING STATISTICS

Year

G-GS
Att.
Yds.
TD
LG

2009

12-0
45
277
2
69

2010

13-9

32
226
2
50
2011

11-4

7

52

0

18

2012 13-1 20 161 1 78

Totals

49-14
104
716
5
78

 

 

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