Profiles in Terpage is back for 2017. Last week, we focused on the defensive line; this week, we’re taking a look at the linebackers.
Brett Shepherd, LB, No. 53
Weight: 230 lbs.
Hometown: Buford, Georgia
High School: Collins Hill
How he got to College Park
Shepherd was a three star recruit and the No. 67 outside linebacker in the Class of 2016 according to the 247 Sports Composite. He took an official visit to Maryland on Jan. 29, 2016, and committed to the Terps three days later.
Shepherd saw action in his first-ever game, appearing in last year’s season opener against Howard.
Shepherd played in eight games last season, but he recorded just two tackles. He appears to be a cut below some of the players fighting for the other starting spot along side Jermaine Carter Jr., so he still probably won’t see a lot of time on defense.
However, head coach DJ Durkin promotes competition all the time, so if Shepherd impresses the coaching staff he could work his way into the rotation. If not, he can help the Terps in a special teams role.
Shepherd shows the coaches he has improved leaps and bounds from last season, earning some snaps on special teams and at linebacker, putting himself in position to fight for a starting spot in 2018.
Linebackers Week is over. Congrats to say_al for winning the week with 3. Up next, cornerbacks.
Editor’s note: with a few weeks remaining, we’ve gathered the overall standings:
say_al - 8
Scaletta, TerpDonkey - 5
Murderlandboy - 4
HughGR, Verdun, ziowa9 - 3
Jarem, PeachesTerp, phisch13, Tnterp - 2
13 tied - 1