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Russell Shepard to return to LSU after all

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In the end, it was much ado about nothing.

On Wednesday, LSU wide receiver Russell Shepard posted a tweet to his Twitter account that heavily intimated he was either headed for the NFL or transferring away from the Tigers:

“Thanks for your support Tiger Nation…but I have to do what’s best for my family and myself…Geaux Tigers.”

Two days later? Never mind, it’s all good y’all.  In an update posted to the same Twitter account, Shepard stated that, after meeting with head coach Les Miles, he will be staying in Baton Rouge for his final year of college ball.

“I would like to tell everyone that I had a great talk with my family and Coach Miles and I will be attending LSU for my senior season,” the tweet read.

Despite the lack of production this season, Shepard’s return is actually good news for the Tigers, if for nothing more than fellow receiver Rueben Randle is reportedly leaving for the NFL.  Thursday, the school also confirmed that cornerback Morris Claiborne and defensive tackle Michael Brockers will make themselves available for the draft.

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13 Responses to “Russell Shepard to return to LSU after all”
  1. jonanthans says: Jan 13, 2012 9:43 PM

    Best thing he could have done. He would not have gotten drafted. Needs to have a big year and finally live up to his potential.

  2. thefiesty1 says: Jan 13, 2012 10:20 PM

    He must have gotten word that he’d be a late round pick at best. Otherwise there wouldn’t be a flip flop.

  3. irishdodger says: Jan 13, 2012 11:17 PM

    Has any HC one less w/ more talent than Les Miles? Granted, LSU had a phenomenal regular season, but when he & Saban had all that time to game plan, Miles fell short. Helen Keller could recruit that talent to LSU…she could probably outperform them in the classroom, too. Simply throwing out a bunch of world-class athletes on the field only gets you so far. LSU hasn’t produced an NFL-ready QB since Bert Jones. I still don’t know how Miles didn’t go undefeated in 2006.

  4. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Jan 13, 2012 11:22 PM

    Irishdodger…. I’m guessing you’re Notre Dame?
    … Never mind your comment deserves no response

  5. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Jan 13, 2012 11:24 PM

    Russell, great decision on coming back. regardless of what happens next year, you’ll not regret it.

  6. Tom Melton says: Jan 14, 2012 12:08 AM

    Irishdodger… Does Matt Flynn not ring a bell? I think he might have a record for most passing yards in single game in Packers history or something.

  7. suprmous says: Jan 14, 2012 12:33 AM

    Thanks Russell for seein the light. I know this had to have been a hard decision but just know it may have been THE plan all along for you to stay in school. I realize that some will judge you and believe me I’m not one of em. I’m just glad to know that I can sit and watch you for another year and the prayers are still there for you and the family.

  8. suprmous says: Jan 14, 2012 12:36 AM

    Irishdodger, forgive me but your blah blah comment’s way off center if you believe honestly believe that.

  9. normtide says: Jan 14, 2012 12:40 AM

    Miles wins very often, so do not get your point Irish. Richt on the other hand, I always said his teams are as or almost as talented as LSU or Bama. Yet, he does only enough to keep his job.

  10. kdbroom says: Jan 14, 2012 8:04 AM

    @Irishdodger,

    And what recent ND QB has been NFL-ready? And by NFL-ready, I mean someone who could come into the NFL and have at least some level of success, not someone who was a loser or did little more than hold a clipboard (e.g. Clausen, Quinn, Powlus, Mirer, Beuerlein, etc.). You’d have to go all the way back to Joe Montana…who came out college not too much later than Bert Jones.

  11. mmille9 says: Jan 14, 2012 8:39 AM

    @Irishdodger
    Your comment doesn’t really deserve a reply, however, it’s spelled won, not one– it’s pretty obvious that you didn’t attend Notre Dame. For future reference, Miles is 75-17 w/ the Tigers and LSU’s graduation rate is second in the SEC to Vanderbilt. Your ignorance is mind-blowing…

  12. marcinhouston says: Jan 14, 2012 11:25 AM

    Maybe the tweet is about taking a check from a Bama booster in return for not doing anything on any plays he happened to be in game. In that case, I think the offensive and defensive lines need to tweet the same explanation.

  13. rosieoutlook says: Jan 14, 2012 1:48 PM

    Flynn didn’t get to play until he was a 5th year senior. Guess they didn’t have an OC who utilized them properly. We shall see if the new coaches develop the talent. Russell made the right decision. He might be able to improve his draft status with better quarterbacks.

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