Arkansas defensive tackle Malcolm Sheppard was finally in the spotlight Wednesday.
The senior was surrounded by a group of reporters in the Wynfrey Hotel. He was representing the Razorbacks at Southeastern Conference Media Days. It was an indication he has become one of Arkansas’ most valuable players, and stands as one of the league’s biggest stars.
But don’t tell Sheppard. He doesn’t want to hear it.
“I still think I’m underrated,” he said. “I still think I’m an underdog. Even if I was the best player in the country right now, I would see myself as an underdog.”
After quietly leading the Razorbacks in 2008, Sheppard will serve as the well-known anchor of the defense.
Sheppard was one of Arkansas’ few defensive bright spots last season after collecting 65 tackles, six sacks and 13.5 tackles for losses. The effort was enough for ESPN.com’s Chris Low to refer to Sheppard as the most underrated player in the SEC at the end of the year. [read more]