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Brett Shepherd will try to take a step forward for Maryland football in 2017

He played in eight games last fall, but hopes to earn a bigger role on defense.

NCAA Football: Maryland at Central Florida
Shepherd (left) making a block on special teams.
Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

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

Height: 6’4
Weight: 230 lbs.
Year: Sophomore
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.

Career highlight

Shepherd saw action in his first-ever game, appearing in last year’s season opener against Howard.

2017 prospectus

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.

Dream season

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.

Up next

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