Greenville’s Shepherd joins Muskingum football team

By Gaylen Blosser

May 1, 2014

GREENVILLE – Brandon Shepherd became the fifth member of the 2014 Greenville graduating class to sign a letter of intent to continue a football career at the college level.

“I will always remember playing football at Greenville,” Shepherd said. “Nothing like playing on a Friday night in Greenville especially.”

Shepherd will join Greenville alumnus Stetson Zumbrun as a member of the Fighting Muskies football team.

“I have a buddy that plays football for Muskingum, Stetson Zumbrun, and he told me about the program,” Shepherd said. “He wanted me to come check it out, I did, and I really liked it.”

Shepherd looks forward to continuing the sport he loves but understands the importance of a good education.

“Going to Muskingum means I get to continue my education more importantly, but I’m really excited to play football,” Shepherd said. “I am really excited to get to strap on the pads one more time.”

“I always thought that Brandon (Shepherd) has the ability to play, I just wasn’t sure how interested he was,” Greenville varsity football coach Aaron Shaffer said. “I was pleasantly surprised last week that he informed me he committed to Muskingum.”

“Coach Shaffer meant a lot because without him there is a good possibility I wouldn’t be playing college football,” Shepherd said of his high school coach. “We used to run more triple option things. Getting into the spread, different blocking schemes and more importantly more fundamental things with football, it has really helped me with recruiting.”

Shepherd will play for Muskingum head coach Al Logan in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

“Muskingum is in the OAC,” Shaffer said. “You go into the OAC, and you have to face the Mount Unions, the Ohio Northerns, the Otterbeins, the really good programs. He definitely has a challenge ahead of him, but I know that the coaching staff over at Muskingum is a great staff. They are doing good things over there so I know when he goes over there he is going to be in good hands.”

Shepherd spoke fondly of Muskingum having visited the university and the football coach.

“I had diner with the coach when I was there,” Shepherd said. “He’s a really good guy. He explained to me what the circumstances are there, playbooks and much more.”

Shepherd joins teammates Ryan Drew and Zach Comer (Mount Union), Kyle Bruner and Ryan Eldridge (Wittenberg) to become the fifth college football signee from the Greenville class of 2014 in continuing the sport they love while continuing their education.