Brad Shepard

  • joined Aug 08, 2011
  • last login May 23, 2014
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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

Ethan Wolf Commits to Tennessee


Four-star tight end Ethan Wolf of Ohio pledged to the Tennessee Vols on Wednesday afternoon, giving Butch Jones his eighth known commitment of this year's class.

Vols Recruiting Is Orange Hot: SB Nation Article


SB Nation recruiting editor Bud Elliott takes a quick look at Butch Jones' hot recruiting start on the main site today.

Tennessee Recruiting: D'Andre Payne Pledges To UT


Four-star cornerback D'Andre Payne of Friendship Academy in Washington D.C. gave Butch Jones his latest commitment Wednesday morning and the first cornerback pledge in this year's cycle.

Treyvon Paulk Pledges To UT; Keeps Momentum Going


Tennessee's recruiting momentum continued Friday with the commitment of Treyvon Paulk, a running back from Alpharetta (Ga.).

Tennessee Recruiting: Jalen Hurd Is A Vol


The top player in the state of Tennessee decided early that he wants to be a Vol. Now, Tennessee has that elusive stud running back it has been trying to lure for years.

Vols Recruiting: Creamer Keeps Legacies Coming


The Tennessee Volunteers received their second legacy commitment in as many days -- and third commit in three days -- when Eastern Christian Academy wide receiver Neiko Creamer decided Monday he was coming to UT.

Todd Kelly Jr. Commits To Tennessee


One of the most coveted safety prospects in the country decided to follow in his father's footsteps and commit to the Tennessee Volunteers on Sunday, giving Butch Jones his most important recruit yet -- for multiple reasons.

Good Ol' Rocky Top: That Old-Time Feeling


Saturday felt like one of those days you wish you could bottle up and keep forever on Rocky Top. After a forgettable stretch that has aged us all, it certainly was a welcome, special feeling.

Tennessee Recruiting: Virginia OL Thomas All Vol


Versatile Virginia offensive lineman Coleman Thomas gives Butch Jones and the Tennessee Volunteers their second football commitment of the 2014 class and gets UT off to a great start at a need spot.

Vols Spring Primer: Defense


Here is a look at what to watch out for this spring on defense.

Vols Spring Primer: Offense


Taking a look at the Tennessee Volunteers offensive position breakdown and questions leading into Saturday's spring practice opener.

Vols Hire Gillespie To Be Running Backs Coach


West Virginia RBs coach Robert Gillespie is leaving Morgantown to come to Knoxville.

McRae Is A Budding Superstar For the Vols


For the past couple of years, Tennessee fans have watched and waited, hoping Jordan McRae would realize his immense talent. The past six games, we're watching him grow up before our eyes.

Vols RBs Coach Graham Bolts For FSU


Tennessee legendary running back Jay Graham has left his alma mater to join Jimbo Fisher in Tallahassee.

Tennessee Looks Ahead To 2014 Class


The Vols have the opportunity to outfit its massive 2014 class with legacies and instate players. Take a look at some of the early names on the Vols' list and at five impact players from this year's class.

Vols Get A Couple Pickups But Fall Short On NSD


Vonn Bell choosing Ohio State left a bitter taste in Tennessee fans' mouths. Butch Jones and his staff rallied this class and did a pretty good job, but it wasn't the finish UT was hoping for.

Jones To Discuss NSD on SirusXM


Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones will join Bill King's Signing Day Special today at 2:10 p.m. ET to discuss this year's recruiting class. You can listen on SiriusXM's College Sports...

Tennessee Gets Signing Day Surprise With Brown


Three-star defensive end Malik Brown chooses UT over Syracuse

Ford Signs With Auburn


The Vols lose out on their top running back recruit as Ford goes to homestate Auburn.

Joshua Dobbs Flips From Arizona State To Tennessee


Vols get a major recruiting surprise with Dobbs' decision to come to Knoxville rather than heading West.

Johnson Sticking With Ohio State


One of the recruits the Tennessee Volunteers tried desperately to flip late in the process was Central Gwinnett (Ga.) linebacker Trey Johnson, who was recruited by new UT linebackers coach Tommy...

Defensive End Jaylen Miller Signs With Vols


Tennessee gets a pledge from Gaffney (S.C.) defensive end Jaylen Miller, filling a massive need along the defensive front.

National Signing Day: Tennessee Commit Capsules


Here are UT's football commitments heading into National Signing Day.

Vols Strike Out On Two Top Defensive Targets


On the eve of National Signing Day, UT top linebacker target EJ Levenberry decided to stick with Florida State. It appears defensive end Davin Bellamy will stay in state and go to Georgia. The Vols aren't off to a great start.

Rocky Top Talk's NSD Primer and Predictions


It's almost here -- the day where college football recruiting becomes the center of the sports universe. New UT coach Butch Jones has positioned

Lee To Tennessee: Vols Get Their Running Back


After striking out with its top targets, the Tennessee Volunteers settle on Jabo Lee to play running back in this year's class.

Tennessee Gets High: Charlie High Will Walk On


Tennessee Volunteers get popular preferred walk-on commitment from prolific local quarterback Charlie High.

Jones Adds Preferred Walk-On Kicker Gantz


Butch Jones uses his old ties to land a potential future kicker for the Vols. For free.

University of Tennessee Will Host NSD Show Online


UT will be hosting its very own National Signing Day show online to update commitments as they come in and give in-depth, behind-the-scenes coverage.

Tennessee Vols Land Elite Receiver MarQuez North


Butch Jones received a commitment from his highest-rated pledge yet on Wednesday when MarQuez North gave UT his verbal commitment.

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