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Sheppard named All-SEC player

This past Sunday, Former Bainbridge High School Bearcat Malcolm Sheppard was selected to the Associated Press’ All-SEC second team as a senior defensive tackle for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks.

Sheppard, who has also played as a defensive end, was also named to the Associated Press’ All-SEC second team defense in 2008.

Sheppard, listed at 6 feet, two inches and weighing 291 pounds, led the Razorbacks in the regular season with 11 tackles for a loss. He is tied for 10th in the Southeastern Conference, and is tied for 96th in the nation in that statistical category.

Sheppard currently ranks tied for third on Arkansas’ career tackles for loss list with 37, according to the university’s athletic department.

Sheppard’s 2.5 sacks in 2009 tie him for third-most on his team. He had 26 tackles during the regular season, defended three passes and hurried the opponent’s quarterbacks four times. He played in all 12 of Arkansas’ 2009 regular season games and had multiple tackles in nine of those games.

He has played in all 50 games during his four-year collegiate career, according to official NCAA statistics. He has been a defensive starter for three years.

The Razorbacks finished the season with a 7-5 overall win-loss record, going 3-5 in the SEC. They will play Conference USA champion East Carolina Pirates on Jan. 2, 2010 in Memphis, Tenn. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN.

Sheppard is expected by scouting reports to enter the 2010 NFL draft, which will be held April 22-24 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, N.Y.

Three of Sheppard’s teammates—quarterback Ryan Mallett, wide receiver Joe Adams and offensive lineman Mitch Petrus—were named to the All-SEC second team offense.

Sheppard is the son of Ricky and Evelyn Sheppard.