No. 16 Kelvin Sheppard


LSU's Kelvin Sheppard was third in the SEC with 110 tackles last season. (AP photo)

Published: Monday, July 5, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, July 4, 2010 at 11:16 p.m.

Gatorsports counts down the top 25 players in the SEC, leading right up to SEC Media Days.

NO. 17 KELVIN SHEPPARD

LSU senior linebacker

Why he's No. 16: Sheppard enters the 2010 season as one of the most dominant linebackers in the SEC. As a redshirt junior, Sheppard was third in the conference with 110 tackles (50 solo) and nobody would have questioned if he wanted to turn pro. Instead, Sheppard returns for a fifth year to help lead a young but talented LSU defense.

Key numbers: Sheppard recorded 39 tackles over a three-game span — vs. Florida, Auburn and Tulane — by registering 13 tackles in each of those contests.

Fun fact: As a senior at Stone Mountain, Ga., Stephenson High, Sheppard recorded 102 tackles, 10 sacks, an interception returned 40 yards for a touchdown, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He also had 17 tackles in one game.

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