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3 Lito Sheppard
  • Cornerback
  • 5-10, 195
  • Junior, 2L
  • Jacksonville (Raines HS)

CAREER
Games (Starts): 36 (23) Plays: 1,515
A true junior...Seen action in 34 regular season games with 22 starts for 1,515 plays and also played in 2000 Citrus Bowl and started the 2001 Sugar Bowl...Two-time All-America (first-team honors in 2000 and second-team recognition in 2001)...First-team All-America selection for 2000 by the Football Writers Association of America, becoming only the fourth sophomore in UF history to gain first-team All-America recognition...First-team All-SEC honors in 2000 and 2001...The Sporting News named him second-team Freshman All-America in 1999...87 career tackles (64 solo) and four special teams tackles with 28 "Big Plays" (3 forced fumbles, two tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, eight interceptions, blocked punt, 12 pass deflections)...Two punt returns for touchdowns (54 yards vs. Middle Tennessee and 57 yards vs. South Carolina in 2000)

2001 SEASON
Games (Starts): 11 (11) Plays: 702
A true junior who is considered one of the nation's top cornerbacks and kick returners...Second Team All-America selection by The Sporting News...First Team All-SEC selection by AP, league coaches and Football News...Named to Thorpe Award watch list...Starter in all 11 games...42 tackles (29 solo) on the season with 10 "Big Plays" (6 PD, 2 TFL, 2 INT)...42 tackles ranks second most among cornerbacks and ten "Big Plays' are tops among cornerbacks...26 punt returns for 246 yards (9.5 average), a mark that ranks seventh in the SEC...Six tackles and one INT and one pass deflection vs. Georgia...One INT and four tackles vs. Tennessee

2000: UF's starter at one cornerback spot and also returned punts and kicks...First-team All-America selection by the Football Writers Association of America, becoming only the fourth sophomore in UF history to gain first-team All-America recognition...Second-team All-America selection by The Sporting News and ABC Sports' BCSFOOTBALL.COM...First-team All-SEC by the Coaches, The Sporting News and the Associated Press...Started 11 of 12 regular-season games (did not start in first Auburn game due to a strained hamstring) for 609 snaps...Also started the Sugar Bowl...Led squad in punt returns with 22 for 307 yards (14.0 average) and ranked third in all purpose yardage (831 yards, 69.3 average per game) ...Ranked 1st in the SEC and 17th in the nation with a punt return average of 14.0 and returned two for touchdowns (54 vs. Middle Tennessee and 57 vs. South Carolina)...40 total tackles with 14 "Big Plays" (6 INT, 5 PD, 2 FF, FR) ...14 "Big Plays" led the defensive backs and ranked fifth best on squad...Six interceptions tied for top total in SEC and led the squad (Ball State, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia and two in the SEC Championship Game vs. Auburn) ...Forced a fumble and returned first career interception 40 yards in first career start at cornerback vs. Ball State...Ran back punt for 54-yard touchdown vs. Middle Tennessee...Totaled seven tackles and ran back an interception 19 yards for a touchdown vs. Tennessee...Had a key 61-yard interception return late in the second quarter vs. Georgia...Had one reception as a wide receiver for 47 yards vs. Vanderbilt on his first career offensive play...Ran back punt for 57-yard touchdown vs. South Carolina...Had four tackles, two interceptions and one pass deflection in the SEC Championship Game vs. Auburn...Named UF's most improved defensive back at the conclusion of spring drills...Had an interception and seven tackles, including two TFLs, against Miami in the Sugar Bowl...

1999: One of two true freshmen who saw time in the secondary... Played in 11 of 12 games (missed FSU game with a strained hamstring) for 203 plays... Also played in Citrus Bowl... The Sporting News named him a second-team Freshman All-America ... Five tackles (all solo) and five "Big Plays" (two pass deflections, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a blocked punt) with four special teams tackles... Four tackles (all solo) in the UCF game... Five "Big Plays" against Vanderbilt (two pass deflections, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a blocked punt) in first extended playing time of his career due to foot injury to Robert Cromartie... One interception vs. Michigan State in Citrus Bowl...

Prep: Considered one of the nation's elite prep players in 1998... Named to prestigious Parade All-America Team and was Parade's choice for the nation's top defensive back... National Bluechips named him the nation's top cornerback prospect... Named to PrepStar's All-America Dream Team and that publication ranked him among the top two defensive backs in the nation... SuperPrep ranked him among the top five overall players in the nation... First-team USA Today All-America selection... Had 18 interceptions in 29 total games over the course of junior and senior seasons... First-team all-state (4A) in '97 and '98... Jacksonville's Defensive Player of the Year in 1998... Also lettered in track... Has volunteered in the community, including with the sheriff's department "Paint the Town" project... High school coach was Welton Coffey... Also visited Georgia and Ohio State...

Personal: Born Lito Decorian Sheppard on April 8, 1981 in Jacksonville, Florida...Cousin of Gator WR Jabar Gaffney... Parents: Herbert Tollerson and LaQuita Allen...

Major: Sociology.


CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
YEAR UT-AT TT TBL QBS TTFL FH FF FR PD IN
1999 5-0 5 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0
2000 30-10 40 0 0 0 0 2 1 5 6
2001 29-13 42 2 (-4) 0 2 (-4) 0 0 0 6 2
Totals 64-23 87 2 (-4) 0 2 (-4) 0 3 2 13 8

CAREER HIGHS (Game)
Total Tackles: 7 (Tennessee, 2000)
Unassisted Tackles: 5 (Tennessee, 2000)
Interceptions: 2 (SEC Championship Game vs. Auburn, 2000)

CAREER KICKOFF RETURN STATS
YEAR ATT. YDS. AVG. TD LONG
1999 1 3 3.0 0 3
2000 13 298 22.9 0 39
2001 7 171 24.4 0 40
Totals 21 472 22.5 0 82
CAREER PUNT RETURN STATS
YEAR ATT. YDS. AVG. TDS LONG
1999 1 6 6.0 0 6
2000 22 307 14.0 2 57
2001 26 246 9.5 0 28
Totals 49 559 11.4 2 91
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