Shepherd’s Shelton reaps honors, hopes the NFL notices
After reaping a long list of post-season honors, Shepherd offensive lineman Isaiah Shelton was invited to play in the FCS National Bowl in Florida. The game was an all-star game for players from non-FBS schools — Division II, Division III and NAIA teams.
After being a three-year starter at tackle for Shepherd, Shelton was used as a left guard in the National Bowl. Listed at 6-foot-2, 308 pounds at Shepherd, Shelton was one of four team captains this past season where the Rams went 8-2 overall.
Following the 2014 season, he was named to the first-team All-Super Region One team as well as a first-team All-America on the American Football Coaches Association team.
Two other first-team honors came to Shelton when he was named to the 2014 Beyond Sports Network Division All-Super Region One Football team and the 2014 Don Hansen Football Gazette All-Super Region One Team.
Shelton was named to the All-America second-team by D2 Football.com and by 2014 Associated Press Little All-America Team for players from Division II, Division III and the NAIA.
Shelton will likely be seen at NFL workouts similar to the ones attended last spring by former Shepherd player Howard Jones, now on the practice squad of the Pittsburgh Steelers after being undrafted in the formal NFL draft.
Should he be undrafted, Shelton would likely seek to sign a free agent contract with an NFL team, much like Jones did last year.