|High School:||Taylor Road Academy|
2010: Appeared in five varsity games during his junior season … participated in all five of the Hawks' junior varsity games.
2009: Participated in three varsity games and played in all four of the Hawks’ junior varsity contests.
2008: Appeared in five varsity contests, recording one assisted tackle against MacMurray on Sept. 27 … also played in two junior varsity games.
Prep: Lettered in football and soccer for three years and basketball for four seasons at Taylor Road Academy… was an All-Metro selection in football as a senior after totaling more than 1,000 all-purpose yards … was a member of the AISA West All Star football team as a senior.
Personal: Full name is Nicholas Troy Sheppard … is the son of Wayne and Deborah Townsend … has two older brothers, Christian Sheppard and Tyrel Townsend … majoring in Business.