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Shephard invited to play in 2004 Aztec Bowl

November 18, 2004

shephardGREENCASTLE, Ind. - DePauw University wide receiver Jamarcus Shephard has been selected to play for the American Football Coaches Association’s Division III all-star team that will represent the United States against the Mexican National Team in the 2004 Aztec Bowl on December 11 in Cancun, Mexico.

 

Shephard, a senior from Fort Wayne, Ind., caught 47 passes for 815 yards and an average of 17.3 yards per reception. Ended his career as DePauw’s all-time leader in kickoff return yards and kickoff return average. His 28.0 return average ranks No. 6 all-time on the Division III career list.

 

Shephard is one of 42 NCAA Division III seniors from around the country who will make up this year’s team. Former Central (Iowa) College Head Coach Ron Schipper will coach the team for the eighth consecutive year.

 

He is the second DePauw player to earn a spot in the Aztec Bowl, joining tight end Tyler Kelley who played in the 1999 game.

 

Event Information: This year’s game is scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m. CST on December 11 at Estadio Cancun 86 in Cancun. The Aztec Bowl is the traditional season-ending game for Mexico’s college football season. The game has been played 33 times since 1947 with the last seven contests featuring the United States-Mexico match-up. The United States is 6-1 in the series. Mexico’s lone victory came in last year’s game, which was also played in Cancun.

 

Chitwood Sports Media of Jefferson, Texas will again provide a live webcast of the Aztec Bowl in 2004. Along with the game webcast on December 11, announcers Charlie Chitwood and Ned Fratangelo will provide 90-minute preview shows on December 8, 9 and 10. The preview shows will originate from the Team USA hotel and will begin each night at 6:30 p.m. CST.

 

The preview shows and game webcast can all be accessed via the AFCA’s website and via the Aztec Bowl website. Postgame results will also be available at www.afca.com.

 

Aztec Bowl Alumni : Two former Team USA members, London Fletcher and Clint Kriewaldt, are currently playing in the National Football League. Fletcher, who played collegiately at John Carroll and was a member of the 1997 U.S. team, is a linebacker with the Buffalo Bills. Kriewaldt was the Detroit Lions’1999 fifth-round draft pick out of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and played in the 1998 Aztec Bowl. He is currently a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

 

The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 10,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to “maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession” and to “provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football.

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