Guess where the former all-everything Brawley Union High Wildcat football player Zay Shepherd — who fell off the local radar after graduating in 2004 — is playing on special teams and slowly breaking into the offensive backfield?
He took off to the Midwest to help the Upper Iowa University Peacocks.
“We run a spread offense and I’ve never run that so I’m still getting my feet wet,” Shepherd said. “I’m doing a lot of studying, and film is my best friend right now and I’m getting it.”
Local fans will recall that in 2004 Shepherd garnered numerous awards.
Shepherd ended that season with 2,245 yards rushing and four five-touchdown games as Brawley finished the season 12-1, losing in the CIF-San Diego Section finals to Valley Center, 39-36.
Shepherd was named the Imperial Valley Press football team’s player of the year. He amassed 69 career touchdowns, good for second in the CIF-SDS record book and a total that any local players will be hard pressed to eclipse.