BY JASON KERSEY

NORMAN — Bob Stoops presented the annual Derrick Shepard Most Inspirational Walk-On Player of the Year award to sophomore fullback Aaron Ripkowski last Friday.

The 2012 award was a little different; freshman receiver Sterling Shepard watched as the award bearing his father's name was presented to one of his teammates.

“I saw Cheri (Shepard) and her daughters were there at the banquet,” Stoops said, referring to Sterling's mother and sisters.


“I said: ‘Sterling doesn't sit with you anymore.

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