Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 1/12/12

Junior wide receiver Russell Shepard surprised many people by announcing he was going to enter the NFL draft. Why is it surprising? Because although he’s considered a good playmaker, he only had 14 catches for 190 yards and four touchdowns this season. Got that? 14 catches. LSU played 14 games. We’re talking about one catch per game (though Sheppard was suspended the first three games of the season). But don’t blame young Russ for the lack of production. He says blame the offense, and perhaps, his supporting cast.

Take a look at these tweets he fired off on Thursday after his announcement:

The four touchdowns on 14 catches is a pretty strong ratio, but four drops in 11 games isn’t exactly something I’d brag about. LSU’s offense wasn’t explosive — they threw for 2,135 yards and 21 touchdowns — but two teammates managed to post stronger receiving stats. Rueben Randle had 53 catches for 917 yards and eight touchdowns, while Odell Beckham had 475 yards on 41 catches. But Shepard will blame the offense for his poor stats.

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