Multi-threat player who played three positions - quarterback, running back and wide receiver - during his career with the Tigers ... Played in 49 games with 14 starts ... Finished with 733 rushing yards and 565 receiving yards on 58 catches ... Scored 10 touchdowns during career (5 rushing, 5 receiving) ... Came to LSU as the nation's top dual-threat quarterback as a senior in high school in 2008 ... Graduated in December of 2012 with a degree in general studies.
Played in 13 games with one start ... Rushed a career-high eight times for 33 yards against Mississippi State ... Gained 22 yards rushing on three carries with a long of 19 against Alabama ... Posted a career-high 78-yard TD run against Towson ... Set a career high with 68 yards receiving on three catches against Idaho and added 24 rushing yards on three carries.
Played in 11 games with four starts ... Finished second on the team with four receiving touchdowns, third on the team with 190 receiving yards and fourth with 14 receptions ... Caught one touchdown pass in four games in 2011: Tennessee, Auburn, Ole Miss and Arkansas ... Made two catches for 13 yards and one TD versus Arkansas ... Caught one pass for a 22-yard touchdown at Ole Miss ... Caught a touchdown for the second-straight game on a 10-yard screen from Jarrett Lee against Auburn ... Hauled in his second career TD reception on a 14-yard screen pass from Jarrett Lee in the fourth quarter at Tennessee ... Caught a pass for a career-long 37 yards against Florida and finished with two grabs for 41 yards ... Saw his first action of the season and started at West Virginia, finishing with one catch for 16 yards and one carry for three yards ... Suspended by the NCAA for the first three games of the season.
Played in 13 games with nine starts in his first full season at a position other than quarterback ... Ranked second on team with 33 catches for 254 yards and one score ... Added another 226 rushing yards and two TDs on 32 carries ... Ranked fourth on squad in rushing yards ... Finished year with 480 yards of total offense ... Averaged 7.4 yards every time he touched the ball ... Opened season with 67 yards rushing and a TD to go with two catches for 12 yards and a score in 30-24 win over North Carolina ... Became first LSU player since Early Doucet in 2006 to catch a TD and rush for a score in the same game ... Caught a TD pass for the first time in the first quarter of season-opener against North Carolina on a six-yard reception from Jordan Jefferson ... Added a 50-yard touchdown run vs. the Tar Heels for the first multi-TD game of his career ... Followed the North Carolina game with a 48-yard, 1-TD effort in road win over Vanderbilt ... Caught a career-best seven passes for 53 yards in win over McNeese State ... Had big impact in win over Alabama with a 41-yard run to set up a fourth quarter field goal that pulled the Tigers to within 14-13 ... Finished Alabama game with 47 yards rushing and one catch for seven yards ... Caught five passes for 20 yards at Auburn ... Caught at least one pass in 12 of LSU's 13 games ... Did not catch a pass in bowl game vs. Texas A&M.
Played in 12 games with no starts as a true freshman ... Lined up at three positions on the offensive side of the ball - quarterback, running back and wide receiver ... Played a total of 90 offensive snaps for the Tigers in 2009 - 40 at running back, 28 at quarterback and 22 at wide receiver ... Played quarterback in the Wildcat offense for the Tigers ... Moved to running back late in the year when injuries sidelined LSU's top three tailbacks ... Ranked third on team with 277 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns ... Scored first career TD on a 69-yard run in win over Auburn ... His 69-yard TD against Auburn marked the longest run from scrimmage for LSU since Jacob Hester ran 87 yards for a TD against Louisiana Tech in 2007 ... Finished Auburn game with 71 rushing yards on six carries ... Added his second rushing TD on a 20-yard run vs. Tulane ... Caught five passes for 34 yards ... Had two catches for 18 yards vs. Alabama ... Graduated high school early, enrolled at LSU in January of 2009 and went through spring practice with the Tigers.
Widely considered the top dual-threat quarterback in the country for the Class of 2009 ... Earned Parade All-America honors as well as being a second-team All-USA selection by the USA Today ... Lived up to his billing during a prolific senior season in which he led Cypress Ridge High School to the third round of the Texas Class 5A Division II State Playoffs ... Racked up 538 yards of total offense and six touchdowns in the Rams' third-round loss to Copperas Cove ... Tallied more than 1,000 yards of offense with a total of 14 touchdowns in three playoff games ... Team finished with a 9-3 record in 2008 ... Accounted for nearly 4,000 total yards and 48 touchdowns on the year ... Completed 55 percent of his passes for 1,843 yards and 20 touchdowns with just four interceptions ... Also carried the ball 257 times for 1,946 yards and 28 touchdowns ... Finished his senior season ranked as the No. 1 high school player in the state of Texas by Rivals.com and SuperPrep ... Honored by the Associated Press as a first-team Class 5A all-state performer and the Texas Class 5A Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 ... Was also named the Touchdown Club of Houston's Offensive Player of the Year following his senior season.
One of 32 finalists for the national Joe Montana Quarterback of the Year award ... Earned the right to compete in the Under Armour High School All-America Game on Jan. 4 ... While starting at quarterback for the Black Team, he accounted for two touchdowns in the game, including a 92-yard touchdown pass in the first half ... Also showed off his elusiveness by scoring on a 15-yard quarterback draw early in the second half while finishing the game with 39 yards rushing on four carries ... Finished his high school career with more than 8,000 yards of total offense and 98 total touchdowns to his credit ... Rushed for 66 touchdowns while passing for 32 touchdowns during his high school career ... Honored by Cypress Ridge High School by having his jersey No. 10 retired less than one month after his final game ... Coached at Cypress Ridge by Gary Thiebaud.
Full name is Russell Oliver Shepard, Jr. ... Born Sept. 17, 1990, in Houston, Texas ... Parents are Russell Sr., and Nikki Shepard ... One of the most active LSU players in the community, spending time in the prison systems around Louisiana, working with the Oliver Foundation, which is a childhood obesity organization, as well as being part of the Big Brother program at Glen Oaks.