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Brad Shepard

  • joined Aug 08, 2011
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I'm a former sports writer with the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Tennessean and the (Clarksville) Leaf-Chronicle. I covered the Tennessee Vols, the Tennessee Titans, national golf, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs and various other sports.

I'm a die-hard UT and Atlanta Braves fan. I also cheer for the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Hawks and Arsenal Gunners, though I'm not a rabid fan of any.

I have a beautiful wife and baby son, and I live in New Market, AL and work in missile defense. I am a Christian who attends Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Flintville, Tenn., and I'm a 2002 graduate of the University of Tennessee.

I enjoy fishing, watching sports, playing sports, hanging with my family and reading books. My favorite books are Stephen King's Dark Tower series, Mudbound, The Help and the Song of Fire and Ice series.

My favorite shows on TV are Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights, The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, LOST, 24.

A few of favorite movies of mine are Forrest Gump, Almost Famous, The Big Lebowski, There Will Be Blood, the Nolan Batman movies, A River Runs Through It and An Unfinished Life.

A Fan Of...

  • MLB Atlanta Braves
  • NBA Atlanta Hawks
  • NFL Atlanta Falcons
  • NCAAF Tennessee Volunteers
  • NCAAB Tennessee Volunteers
  • Golf Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson, Luke List
  • Soccer Arsenal Gunners
User Blog

UT Camp Produces Potential LB Commit Jerome Dews

Maryland linebacker Jerome Dews has pledged to the Tennessee Volunteers. When he arrives in Knoxville is up in the air.

100 Days of Vols #70 - Johnny Comes Marching Home

Though it happened before I was born, there's no doubt that the first major step in Tennessee's return to prominence was Johnny Majors

100 Days of Vols #72 - "Dough Bawls!!!!!"

Because the love of Tennessee is even more perfect when spoken through the mouth of the greatest gift in your life.

MLB Gavin Bryant Gives Tennessee Verbal Pledge

Middle linebacker Gavin Bryant of Jackson (Ala.) commits to Tennessee, giving the Vols their first inside linebacker commitment of the 2014 class.

Brandon Powell Chooses UT Over 30 Claimed Suitors

Deerfield Beach (Fla.) athlete Brandon Powell nearly committed to Tennessee on Saturday at camp. He waited all the way to Sunday morning to give Butch Jones his verbal pledge.

100 Days of Vols #77 - The Return To Glory

With a recruiting class currently ranked in the nation's top two and with five commitments already on board for 2015, Butch Jones has Tennessee in the national recruiting conversation again. Maybe the old adage will hold true that you can't keep a gi

Cecil Cherry Gives UT Elite '15 Linebacker Commit

The Tennessee Volunteers picked up yet another building block for the 2015 class with the early commitment of elite linebacker Cecil Cherry of Frostproof, Fla.

100 Days of Vols: #79 - The Backdrop

Rivals may say bad things about Knoxville, but those fans have never spent much time in the East Tennessee hills.

Tennessee Recruiting: Butch Gets Butcher

Alpharetta (Ga.) defensive end Andrew Butcher joined his former teammate, quarterback Joshua Dobbs, by pledging to the Vols on Saturday. He gave Butch Jones already his fourth pledge of the '15 class.

100 Days of Vols: #84 - Stephens Drains Swamp

It was Tennessee's last hurrah on the national championship scene -- a 2001 clash in Gainesville against the Florida Gators. Stephens' 226-yard, two-touchdown performance pushed the Vols into the SEC Championship Game.

100 Days of Vols: #91 - The Victorious Trip Home

Whether in the solitude of driving by myself or with friends, there are few things I enjoy more than the 3-hour trip home from Knoxville after a good win. Consequently, it's the longest trip ever when we lose.

JUCO Linebacker Chris Weatherd Is Newest Vol

The Vols kept the recruiting train rolling Friday afternoon with their second commitment in as many days. JUCO linebacker Chris Weatherd chose UT over Oklahoma and others.

Behind The No. 1 Recruiting Ranking

With the commitment of Ohio defensive end Joe Henderson on Thursday, the Tennessee Volunteers moved into first place in the Rivals.com recruiting rankings and second in 247Sports. For a program scratching for anything positive recently, that's some p

Tennessee Recruiting: Vols Add Rising Edge-Rusher

The Tennessee Volunteers secured a verbal commitment from 6-foot-4, 225-pound four-star defensive end Joe Henderson on Thursday, moving them up to second in the 247Sports recruiting rankings and first in Rivals.

100 Days of Vols: #93 - Wes Brown

The gritty defensive lineman never played for a championship football team, and he never was an All-SEC player. But, to me, he stands for everything I could ever hope for when it comes to a young man who wears the orange and white.

100 Days Of Vols: #96 - Gus's Good Times Deli

Some of the old-timers have Sam & Andy's, which I only briefly got to experience during my time at the University of Tennessee. To me, nothing screams UT like Gus's.

Tennessee Recruiting: Kendal Vickers A Vol

6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end Kendal Vickers of Havelock, N.C., had been committed to South Carolina for months. But the Gamecocks didn't think he'd qualify and filled up on other prospects. When Vickers got the grades late, he wound up committin

#99 - The 1986 Sugar Bowl/"Sweet Taste of Sugar"

Tennessee's 35-7 thumping of Miami in the 1986 Sugar Bowl -- which followed an impressive 1985 season in which the Vols went 9-1-2 despite losing their starting quarterback and playing one of the most difficult schedules in the nation -- was the culm

Recruiting: Vols Nab In-State Kicker Medley

Marshall County High School kicker Aaron Medley is one of the top kickers in the country, and he just happened to grow up a UT fan. Once the Vols offered, his commitment was quick and painless.

SB Nation Scouting Report: Evan Berry

Creekside (Ga.) High School athlete Evan Berry slightly favors Tennessee in the recruiting process. He's one of the famed "Berry twins," along with brother Elliott, who are the younger brothers of Vols star Eric Berry and son of former UT captain Jam

2016 Star Prospect Middleton Commits To UT

Knoxville Powell HS 6-foot-6, 230-pound rising sophomore defensive end/tight end Darel Middleton fulfilled a lifelong dream Sunday night by committing to the Vols via Twitter. He gave UT some big news for the 2016 class in the process.

Oakland Offensive Tackle Jack Jones Chooses Vols

Murfreesboro Oakland HS 2015 offensive lineman Jack Jones committed to Tennessee on Thursday night, less than 48 hours after receiving an offer. He's the third commit for Butch Jones in the 2015 class.

Tennessee Recruiting: Orlando Brown Wears Orange

The Tennessee Volunteers nab 6-foot-8, 341-pound offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr., who has NFL bloodlines and massive potential.

Jets Writer Breaks Down Zach Rogers

Really good write-up about undrafted free agent and former UT wide receiver Zach Rogers

AJC: Ryan Jenkins' Decision To Play For UT Over CU

The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Michael Carvell is writing a series on some of the Atlanta area's top recruiting stories from the last cycle. Today, he focuses on Tennessee commit Ryan Jenkins.

Blinn JUCO Duo Jackson And Johnson Commit To Vols

2013 WR Jonathan Johnson and 2014 WR Kameel Jackson, both of Blinn College in Texas, commit to Tennessee.

Four-Star Tight End Daniel Helms Picks Tennessee

Chatham (Ill.) four-star tight end Daniel Helm committed to Tennessee on Tuesday afternoon. The big, athletic target is the Vols' 10th commitment in this year's recruiting class and second tight end.

Jaylond Woods Gives UT Second 2015 Commit

With a huge Orange & White Game crowd and a ton of recruiting momentum, the Vols kept the momentum going Saturday with its second commitment in three days for the 2015 class in local athlete Jaylond Woods.

Tennessee Recruiting: 2015 Lineman Stewart To UT

Two-way local lineman Zach Stewart fulfilled a lifelong dream by committing to Tennessee on Thursday. The Corryton native could play either way but is expected to play guard or tackle.

Tennessee Recruiting: Lee Pledges To Vols

Three-star wide receiver Lawrence Lee of Pensacola, Fla., is the newest Tennessee commitment.

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