Wednesday, December 30, 2015

WR Sterling Shepard Has Extra Motivation to Beat Clemson

Two weeks after Sterling Shepard graduated from the University of Oklahoma and receiving his father's 1985 National Championship ring as a graduation gift from his mother.

Though, Shepard has the motivation to get a ring of his own, he remembers Oklahoma’s embarrassing loss to Clemson in last year's Russell Athletic Bowl.

From Tulsa World..
Here, though, is the true source of Shepard’s motivation in Miami: December 29, 2014. Clemson 40, OU 6 in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

One catch, 13 yards.

“Right after that game I got an MRI and I had a torn adductor. My groin,” Shepard recalled. “I felt it the previous five games... I felt like I could go for the bowl game, but it didn’t work out too well.”

Clemson’s freshman All-American cornerback Mackensie Alexander took credit for shutting Shepard down, telling TigerNet: “As you can see number three did nothing tonight.”

Asked this week about Alexander, who has had an even better sophomore season, Shepard offered: “I don’t know. I couldn’t tell you. I don’t really pay attention to the defensive side of the ball too much.”  Don’t let the gamesmanship fool you. At Miami International the day of OU’s arrival, Shepard said all he’d been doing was watching film.

“Like I’ve been saying, it’s two different years, two different ball teams,” he said. “Definitely more opportunities to make plays.”
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