Change of heart: Shepard will return to LSU

Posted Jan. 14, 2012 @ 2:47 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

LSU WR Russell Shepard has had a change of heart — he's staying in school for his senior year.

LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette confirmed to the New Orleans Times-Picayune on Friday that Shepard will return to Baton Rouge.

Shepard had tweeted earlier in the week that he would be leaving school early, without specifically saying he would apply for the 2012 NFL draft. "Thanks for your support Tiger Nation...but I have to do what's best for my family and myself...Geaux Tigers."

Based on his tweet, it was widely assumed that Shepard would join three of his Tiger teammates — CB Morris Claiborne, fellow WR Rueben Randle and DT Michael Brockers — in applying for early entry into the draft.

However, on Friday night he tweeted: "I would like to tell everyone that I had a great talk with my family and Coach Miles and I will be attending LSU for my senior season."

Shepard, a former quarterback, finished third on the team with 190 receiving yards and finished second on the team with four touchdown catches in 2011. The versatile athlete also ran the ball effectively, finishing with 7.4 yards per carry. Shepard's numbers were hurt by the fact that he missed the first three games of the season as a result of an NCAA violation.