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Athletes of the Year Greater Houston

Updated: May 13, 2009, 12:02 PM ET
ESPN RISE Magazine

BOYS' ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

RUSSELL SHEPARD Cy Ridge / Football Shepard capped his awe-inspiring career with a senior season to remember in the fall. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound quarterback threw for 1,843 yards and 20 touchdowns while also rushing for 1,946 yards and 28 scores. In the Rams'final game of the year, a 55-48 loss to Copperas Cove in the regional semifinals, Shepard accounted for 538 total yards of offense and six TDs in a fitting final performance. Rated the nation's No. 3 ...

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