"He's a big 6-4, 235- to 240-pound edge guy."
Jones hit Shepherd at 6-2, 185 pounds as a linebacker or possible wide receiver.
"He couldn't catch a cold though," Cater said. "Then he filled out. He's had a great career. He finished as our all-time sack leader."
Scouts, by the way, are familiar with Shepherd. Tight end Dominique Jones, a former Ram, has played three NFL seasons split between the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs. Also, punter Ricky Schmitt has played preseason NFL ball and landed with the Canadian Football League Saskatchewan Roughriders (where ex-WVU player Mortty Ivy also has been playing). Schmitt is now a free agent.
I mentioned that huge list of underclassmen granted eligibility for the upcoming NFL draft. Here's an oddity: Of those 98 there are but three from the Big 12: Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro, Baylor's Seastrunk and Oklahoma State wideout Josh Stewart.
In case you're wondering, 22 Big 12 players were invited to this week's combine: Oklahoma's Trey Millard, Damien Williams, Jalen Saunders, Gabe Ikard and Aaron Colvin; Baylor's Seastrunk, Tevin Reese, Jordan Najvar, Cyril Richardson, Ahmad Dixon and Demetri Goodson; WVU's Sims and Clarke; Texas' Mike Davis, Chris Whaley and Anthony Fera; Oklahoma State's Stewart and Justin Gilbert; Texas Tech's Amaro and Kerry Hyder; TCU's Jason Verrett; and Kansas State's Marcus Heit. (The latter as a long snapper.)
If you're wondering what next year's draft holds for WVU and Marshall players, well, it again doesn't look good. The only Mountaineer junior ranked in the top 20 at any position, according to NFL Draft Scout, is Quinton Spain, listed as the No. 10 offensive guard.
Marshall has two players making the grade: center Chris Jasperse, listed as the No. 9 center, and quarterback Rakeem Cato, listed as the No. 15 quarterback.
What jumps at me in regard to May's draft is the way it's loaded with electric wide receivers. It wouldn't surprise if five go in the first round: Clemson's Sammy Watkins, Texas A&M's Mike Evans, USC's Marqise Lee, Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin and my favorite, LSU's Odell Beckham, Jr. Remember, I gave Beckham a Heisman vote. Keep an eye on his NFL career.
And finally . . .
A random, non-NFL-draft-centric note.
You might recall that Mark Snyder made about $500,000 as Marshall's head football coach in his last season in Huntington.
Well, he's now making $708,000 as the defensive coordinator at Texas A&M. And get this: He was only No. 10 in pay among assistant coaches last season. Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris made $1.309 million.
Yes, you got into the wrong business.
Enjoy your Sunday.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.