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Austin Shepherd
T #74
Height:
6-4
Weight:
327
Age:
25
College:
Alabama
Experience:
3
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TOTAL 14 0
2015 MIN 14 0

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BIOGRAPHY

• Started 1st career playoff game when Vikings opened with extra lineman in special package vs. Seattle (1/10/16)

OFF THE FIELD Married to wife, Jenna...Proposed during the 2014 season at the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham...Founder of the Austin Shepherd Foundation, which focuses on monthly visits to children’s hospitals as well as other various community events…Earned undergrad degree in marketing and pursued a master’s degree in marketing in his 5th year at Alabama.

PRO Played in 14 regular-season games and the playoff game during rookie campaign...Got 1st career start in Wild Card Playoff vs. Seattle (1/10/16) when Vikings opened in heavy package...Stepped in on offense during the season to spell RT T.J. Clemmings at Chicago (11/1/15) and LT Matt Kalil vs. N.Y. Giants (12/27/15)...Selected in the 7th round (#228 overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft…1 of 4 Alabama players ever drafted by the Vikings, the 1st since Dwayne Rudd in 1997…1-of-3 OL drafted by the Vikings on the 3rd day of the 2015 NFL Draft.

2016 Spent the offseason with the Vikings...Released by the Vikings during final cuts and then joined the Chargers practice squad on 9/4...Was released by San Diego on 9/20...Signed to the Steelers practice squad on 10/11 before being released on 10/19...Signed to the Vikings practice squad on 10/25 where he spent the remainder of the season.

• Started 1st career playoff game when Vikings opened with extra lineman in special package vs. Seattle (1/10/16)

OFF THE FIELD Married to wife, Jenna...Proposed during the 2014 season at the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham...Founder of the Austin Shepherd Foundation, which focuses on monthly visits to children’s hospitals as well as other various community events…Earned undergrad degree in marketing and pursued a master’s degree in marketing in his 5th year at Alabama.

PRO Played in 14 regular-season games and the playoff game during rookie campaign...Got 1st career start in Wild Card Playoff vs. Seattle (1/10/16) when Vikings opened in heavy package...Stepped in on offense during the season to spell RT T.J. Clemmings at Chicago (11/1/15) and LT Matt Kalil vs. N.Y. Giants (12/27/15)...Selected in the 7th round (#228 overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft…1 of 4 Alabama players ever drafted by the Vikings, the 1st since Dwayne Rudd in 1997…1-of-3 OL drafted by the Vikings on the 3rd day of the 2015 NFL Draft.

2016 Spent the offseason with the Vikings...Released by the Vikings during final cuts and then joined the Chargers practice squad on 9/4...Was released by San Diego on 9/20...Signed to the Steelers practice squad on 10/11 before being released on 10/19...Signed to the Vikings practice squad on 10/25 where he spent the remainder of the season.

2015 Saw time in 14 games during regular season and the Wild Card Playoff vs. Seattle (1/10/16)...Made 1st career start in Wild Card Playoff when team opened with an extra offensive lineman in a heavy formation...Played primarily on special teams and in goal-line situations that called for an extra blocker...Stepped in on offensive line for fellow rookie T.J. Clemmings when he was sidelined due to injury, filling in at RT for 6 plays...Replaced LT Matt Kalil for 9 plays vs. N.Y. Giants (12/27) when he left game with injury briefly...Part of offensive line that helped pave way for Adrian Peterson to lead the NFL in rushing with 1,485 yards.

COLLEGE Started 27 career games at RT for Alabama...Helped Alabama to back-to-back National Titles following the 2011 and 2012 seasons…As a 2-year starter, allowed only 2 sacks…All 27 starts came in final 2 years at Alabama, allowed just 1 sack during the 2014 season en route to earning 2nd-Team All-SEC honors…Earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week and Alabama Offensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts in the 2014 Iron Bowl, a 55-44 victory over Auburn, the Crimson Tide amassed 539 yards, including 227 rushing yards (11/29/14)…As a junior, started all 13 games at RT and did not allow a sack until the Sugar Bowl, a 45-31 loss to Oklahoma (1/2/14)…In 4-year playing career, helped Alabama to a 48-6 overall record.

PREP 3-year starter at North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Georgia, an Atlanta Suburb…Helped the Bulldogs to a 24-2 record as a junior and senior.