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Published: Thursday, Aug. 21 2014 10:50 p.m. MDT

Updated: Friday, Aug. 22 2014 6:36 a.m. MDT

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Pipes
Salt Lake City, UT

Determination and hard work is a beautiful thing! Congratulations to Clint Shepard. Great story!

VegasUte
Las Vegas, NV

I love these kind of stories. Ute Nation is proud to have Clint in the family.

Go Utes!
Utah Man!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Go Utes,

Onward and upward
>--->

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@vegas ute

But of course if this kid had walked onto BYU and become a starter your take would be that it is evidence of bad recruiting, lack of talent in the program, etc. But since it is utah then they have "found a diamond in the rough" or some other such rosy "analysis" just like with the walk on found on a playground been out of football for a year that is now the #2 wr for utah.

I like these stories as well but utah "fan" hypocrisy is a lot more fun to read.

duggity
Bountiful, UT

Ducky. Thank you for again taking a great piece about a great kid with an outstanding work ethic and making it about you. It's through the great example of people like you that it is made more difficult for those of us of the LDS faith to be understood and appreciated by others. With such a great capacity for playing martyr, you are continuing to help us to grow as human beings, through the extra effort we must make to overcome the prejudices of those outside of our faith. Thank you again for your wonderful efforts. Keep on playing victim there buddy.

ann evans
west jordan, UT

I am so proud of Clint and his enduring hard work! Thank you to many family and friends and all the people who give positive support. Dreams do come true. #love Utes!!
#Grateful Mom

Newton
Salt Lake City, UT

@Duckhunter

Are you talking about Tim Patrick? First, he is the #3 receiver, but that's a minor flaw with your argument. What I really find interesting is that Tim Patrick walked on at Utah while Nick Kurtz was BYU's prize recruit. Patrick played for the same school as Kurtz (Grossmont College), has almost identical measurables (6'5" 195 vs. 6'5" 200, both run similar 40 times), and had better receiving stats last year (Patrick-61 catches for 964 vs. Kurtz-35 catches for 577). Patrick and Kurtz are both very good receivers, but Patrick walked on at Utah while Kurtz was the top of BYU's recruiting 2014 recruiting class. So if Patrick is a sign that Utah's recruiting is terrible, what does that say about BYU?

VegasUte
Las Vegas, NV

Duckhunter:

If this kid had walked on to byU, I would most likely have not have even read about it, and I certainly would not have denigrated his accomplishment by posting negatively on a byU story. I bet you his mother really enjoyed reading your negativity. Way to represent the precepts of your school and the religion that runs it.

Oh, and thank you mostly for showing that you cannot survive without Utah, in all aspects of your life!

Don't you have a trip to Tulsa to plan?

Way to go Clint! Thank you also to Clint's mom for your post, and for raising such a great kid.

Go Utes!!

duggity
Bountiful, UT

Ducky. There's a wonderful literary device called satire. Since you appear to be unfamiliar with it, here is the definition; the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of topical issues. But thank you again for your input. Enlightening as always.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@newton

Yet Kurtz was 4 star recruit with offers from multiple schools including many P5's while patrick was not recruited or offered by anyone at all. So what that say's is BYU got a guy that is a 4 star recruit with offers by multiple schools including many p5's while patrick was unwanted by anyone at all. And yes patrick is the #2 for utah now in case you simply have not read the reports in the paper. In otherwords your post is one big giant fail. lol

To the contrary vegas ute, not only would you have read it if it was an article about a BYU player you would have commented exactly in the manner I said. Plus I never "denigrated" him at all, I simply stated the truth about how utah "fans" such as yourself would have responded if this was an article about a walk on at BYU that was now a starter. The truth hurts you but I enjoy it. Remember I am the balance.

@duggity

*yawn*

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Duckhunter

Where are you reading these reports? I'm not sure I believe that Patrick overtook Dres or K-Scott....

Newton
Salt Lake City, UT

@Duckhunter

I have heard the reports on Patrick, but I will not rank him above Kenneth Scott or Dres Anderson until I see him play. Other schools stopped pursuing Tim Patrick because he had to take 21 credit hours over the summer to qualify, not because of talent. To his credit, he was able to complete school in time, and to Utah's credit they believed he could.

What makes you believe that Kurtz is spectacular and that Patrick is mediocre? They had the same quarterback throwing to them, same offensive line, played the same defenses, and Tim Patrick had better production. I'll take the guy that produces over the big name guy any day. Although, it is always nice to get a few big name guys to pad your arguments, even if those arguments don't hold up to actual evidence.

Congrats to Clint for earning a starting spot. He has clearly worked hard to bulk up and get stronger.

I AM THE BALANCE
Syracuse, UT

@duck

"Remember I am the balance."

Evidently, you are NOT the balance. But what you are is clearly the most negative, obnoxious University of Utah hater posting on Utah articles. Why would you care who Utah's #1, #2 or #3 WRs are? I for one couldn't care less about who BYU has at WR. I don't read BYU articles and I certainly wouldn't post on them.

Duggity, nice post. I too am LDS and am constantly embarrassed by some of the posts from Utah haters.

Ann Evans, good luck to your son!

Go Utes!!

SoCalUte
Trabuco Canyon, CA

@Ducky,
You are actually correct in your accusation. Walking on At the Y is less of an accomplishment than walking on at the U. Your cougs have an inferior program to the Utes. Oh well, enjoy your
lackluster season with you fellow Y'ners.

SportsFan
Orem, UT

Duckhunter

"But of course if this kid had walked onto BYU and become a starter your take would be that it is evidence of bad recruiting, lack of talent in the program, etc. But since it is utah then they have "found a diamond in the rough" or some other such rosy "analysis" just like with the walk on found on a playground been out of football for a year that is now the #2 wr for utah."

You're absolutely correct in your assessment.

Every BYU recruit, no matter how many stars or offers he has, or like this kid, a humble walk on, is immediately labeled a bust simply because he signed with BYU.

Every Utah recruit, no matter how many stars or offers he has, or like this kid, a humble walk on, is immediately labeled the greatest thing since sliced bread simply because he signed with Utah.

If fans of the true PAC 12 big boys were to read these blogs, they'd laugh themselves silly at the unfounded arrogance of the bottom-dwelling Utes.

GoRed
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

SportsFan to duckhunter:

"You're absolutely correct in your assessment."

Hey SportsFan, you do realize, don't you, that we all know that you "two" are one and the same person.

forget-me-not
West Valley City, UT

I'm glad a friend told me about this story. If a local "kid" making good in sports inspires me--a senior citizen--imagine the motivation it can be for high school teens who might otherwise give up in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds. Thank you for, DN, for the article. And thank you, Clint, for being a fantastic, modest (it appears) role model for other young people. Have a great injury-free season.

BTW, I don't get commenters snipping at each other instead of debating, elaborating or opining about the article, itself.

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