Cy Ridge QB focused on team first

Cy Ridge's Russell Shepard is one whose stock rises every week. He is one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks from the Class of 2009. While he leads his team to victory, college recruiters are steadily impressed with his abilities as an athlete. Because of this, Shepard has pulled in offer No. 8. TPI caught up with the junior signal caller after a 51-35 win over Cy Falls in Week 5.

Cy Ridge quarterback Russell Shepard is the leader of a team that can score at will. That was proven this past week when the Rams offense racked up 516 yards of total offense in a 51-35 win over Cy Falls. Shepard's contribution to this was 341 yards rushing and five touchdowns. 

But, the junior leader understands that winning football games is a collaborative effort.

"We just have so many offensive weapons," Shepard said in regards to their high-powered offensive skilled players. "Right now we are better than we have ever looked."

The other weapons Shepard is likely referring to is running back Hasan Lipscomb and Kyle Hamilton, and wide receiver Brandon Smith. Shepard credits a lot of his success to his offensive line and downfield blocking by his other teammates. 

And performances like this brings notoriety and interest from college coaches, both of which Shepard is not lacking. 

"Right now, I am sitting on eight offers and they are from Nebraska, Iowa, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Arkansas, Alabama, and here recently, Minnesota," Shepard said. "I also have big-time schools like USC, Notre Dame, and Texas recruiting me. But I am basically being recruited by almost every major college in the country."

But Shepard doesn't let it get to him. He said on average he receives anywhere from 30-40 college letters a day, but he has set times for when he deals with recruiting. And during what is known as a business week, he pays all of that interest no mind.

"Monday through Friday I am focused on the next team we are going to play," Shepard said. "And once the game is over that week, I deal with recruiting. But that is only when we win. That is like my reward to myself for a win because my teammates are the ones who helped me get that status.

"When we win, I feel I deserve to open my mail. If not, it will just sit there."

But because of Cy Ridge's 4-1 season record, Shepard has only had to experience that once after a Week 1 loss to Klein 10-7 . But with that behind now, he is gunning to continue winning games with the Rams team. Over the summer during an unofficial visit to Austin, Shepard talked with a coach who gave him some advice pertaining to his attitude about winning.

"When I visited Texas, coach (Mack) Brown said winning games is one of the best things you can do for yourself as far as recruiting," Shepard said. "Ever since I heard that, I took that advice to the field to go out and win games."

Shepard and the Cy Ridge team are gearing up for another District 17-5A match up against Cy Springs this Friday.


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