Former Sherman Bearcat J.T. Luper is headed to Nashville as the UCO standout signed an undrafted free-agent deal Saturday and will head to rookie camp with the Tennessee Titans.
A great multi-sport athlete for the Bearcats, Luper was an honorable mention all-state pick in football at Sherman.
Luper had great success at the collegiate level. He was a consensus all-american this past season at UCO, after he hauled in a school-record 110 receptions for another school record 1,593 yards. Luper led Division II in yards and was second among all college football players in all divisions including the FBS.
Luper is carrying on a family tradition. He's related to Vernon Holland, who grew up in Sherman, was a first round pick in 1971 and played 10 years in the NFL.
Luper is excited and motivated by this new opportunity.
"Just receiving the phone call just kind of let me know that it's all becoming real now and it's all starting to settle in," Luper said. "But I feel like I've been in these situations here before. Not getting an equal chance or opportunities. It's like old times. Just have to go out there and prove myself."
"Coming from Sherman since we're kind of in that Metroplex, it kind of overshadows everybody," Luper explained. "We're just a smaller group but we just have to get our name out there on the radar."
"No matter what situation you're in or no matter what predicament you're in, you'll always have obstacles to overcome," Luper said. "As long as you stay focused, keep your toes down and your head up. You can make it through anything. Confidence is everything"