However, after each big play the Spartans allowed the Wildcats to counter ending with a 55-40 loss in a game that saw Shelton pass former Spartan receiver Blair White’s performance against the Wildcats in 2009 with his 190 yards receiving on seven catches and two scores.
Shelton’s role showed the Spartans are capable of going vertical when needed but he’ll continue to give his all no matter what the call may be.
“Whatever the play call is, whatever Coach Warner calls, we just go out there and make the play,” said Shelton. “Whether it's going deep, whether it's a short 10 yard out, whether it’s a run play, we just want to score as many points as we can and win. We want to give our defense a break when it is needed, and we want to put ourselves in good situations.”
While many wonder if receivers have a preference when it comes to who is throwing the ball to them, Shelton stressed no matter the quarterback, he’s got a job to do.
“I trust any quarterback that comes in there, whether it's (Brian) Lewerke, whether it's Tyler (O’Connor), whether it's Damion (Terry), whether it's (Messiah) deWeaver if he gets the chance to play,” he stressed. “I trust anyone that goes out there and throws the ball and takes control of the huddle and the team.”
Shelton knows the grind as a college student athlete is harder when your team is struggling but has learned nothing can replace hard work.
You have the passion enough to do anything for that, you come to work every day,” he said. “The preparation before the game. Everyone on this team loves the game of football, so you just come to work every day.”