Shephard named to AFCA All-America team

Shephard named to AFCA All-America team

December 15, 2003

shephard111503.jpgDePauw junior Jamarcus Shephard who established himself as one of the premier kickoff returners in college football this season, has been named to the 25-player American Football Coaches Association Division III Coaches' All-America Team as a return specialist.


Shephard ranks second in Division III in kickoff return average this season with an average of 34.7 yards on his 19 returns. Two of those returns went for touchdowns in the Tigers' win over Millsaps on October 24 to tie an NCAA Division III single-game record and establish a DePauw and Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference mark. He has three returns for touchdowns in his career which also is a school record and has a career average of 29.3 yards on his 38 returns.


A wide receiver for the Tigers, Shephard was named DePauw's most valuable player and its offensive player of the year. Shephard later earned first team all-SCAC honors at receiver and was the conference's special teams player of the year. Earlier this month he was a Football Gazette Second Team All-South Region selection.


The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all four of its divisions. Shephard is DePauw's second AFCA All-America selection as tight end Jay Pettigrew earned the distinction in 1996.