Sterling Shepard has quite the Oklahoma football pedigree - son of a beloved star receiver for the Sooners who died just as his coaching career had started to take off.
Neither his heritage nor his receiving skills earned the sophomore wide receiver from Oklahoma City more playing time this season for No. 11 Oklahoma (4-0, 1-0 Big 12 Conference), which hosts TCU (2-2, 0-1) on Saturday.
Instead, it was his willingness to block when his number wasn't called.
Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel called Shepard's performance in a 35-21 at Notre Dame last Saturday a complete game.
The 5-foot-10, 188-pound Shepard had five catches for 84 yards, including a critical 54-yard fourth-quarter touchdown reception, and delivered numerous blocks that allowed Oklahoma running backs to gain more yards.
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