MOBILE, Ala. (KWCH, FHSU) -- Fort Hays State University defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd broke his hand at the Reese's Senior Bowl practice Wednesday. He will not return to the Bowl, and will likely miss his senior day and the NFL combine.
Shepherd was a "longshot" to make an NFL roster, but was standing out at the Senior Bowl, according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport.
"This was a guy not too many scouts had heard too much from during the course of the process, but really impressed people here just with the way he dealt with the GMs and coaches he spoke with," he said. "He wore a tie, he was impressive."
Shepherd concluded his senior year with the Tigers on November 25 when FHSU fell in the second round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs to Ferris State, 31-21. Shepherd earned MIAA Defensive Player of the Year honors, helping the Tigers to an 11-1 overall record, an MIAA Championship, and undefeated regular season. Shepherd finished the season with 38 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, and four sacks. He is a three-time All-MIAA selection, earning first team honors this year, second team in 2016, and third team in 2015.