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Sheard became an impact player for the Panthers, living up to his billing as a top defensive end prospect coming out of Florida before the 2007 season. He and fellow all-conference performers Greg Romeus and Brandon Lindsey formed one of the best tandems in the country the past three seasons.
Sheard earned playing time in nine games as a true freshman, making three tackles and breaking up two passes with his active hands on the line of scrimmage. Starting every game in his sophomore year allowed him to steadily improve while racking up 45 tackles, 10.5 for loss, 5.5 sacks, seven pass breakups and 11 quarterback hurries. Sheard continued to progress as a run-stopper and pass-rush force in 2009, as he was credited with 42 stops, including 10.5 behind the line, five sacks, three pass breakups and 12 hurries.
With Romeus out most of 2010 with injuries, Sheard earned the hype he deserved -- Big East coaches unanimously voted him first-team all-conference after he made 52 tackles, 14.5 for loss and nine sacks. He has the potential to be a starter on a four-man line, or potentially as a 3-4 linebacker, because of his strength against the run and pass-rush ability. If teams believe he has put his summer 2010 arrest for assault behind him, he could be a top-50 pick.
Pass rush: Hustling power rusher who can be a tough task for right tackles. Nice bull rush, gets under the blocker's pads and pushes them into the backfield. Gives great effort to get to the quarterback, even when he's all but tackled by blockers. Sniffs out misdirection and quick screens to his side; not exceptionally agile in space, but he reads cut blocks well and contains and drops to affect passing lanes. Very active moving and jumping to affect passing lanes if unable to reach the quarterback. Keeps his feet moving after initial contact, but is inconsistent disengaging from the blocks of better linemen. Needs to be more violent with his hands and take advantage of his speed against slower tackles. Only adequate flexibility and change-of-direction agility to turn the corner or be effective on twists. Must learn counter pass-rush moves to get past tackles at the next level; loses his balance and backfield awareness when attempting the occasional spin move.
Run defense: Not the largest strong-side end but maintains leverage to hold the line of scrimmage. Crashes down hard on inside and short-yardage runs, lowers his pads to get leverage against approaching linemen. Tight ends have a difficult time controlling him on the edge, uses strong hands or quickness to contain on his side of the line. Works hard to stay on his feet, get off blocks to stay active and keep containment on plays run towards him.
Explosion: Is not elite in this category, but has adequate speed off the snap for his size when his ears are pinned back on the pass rush. Good pop into his man's numbers on bull rushes. Uses violent hands to knock aside blockers on run plays.
Strength: Plays stronger than his height/weight numbers indicate. Knows how to keep his pads low to get leverage on the edge against the run and bull rush his man into the pocket. Stacks his man and can disengage using violent and strong hands to move inside or outside.
Tackling: Solid, if not explosive, tackler on the edge who makes it difficult for teams to run inside or outside of him. Closes well when coming straight toward the ball, but his stiff hips do not always allow him to break down in space or change direction quickly. Good hustle-and-chase type, makes plays down the line and downfield.
Intangibles: Team leader and captain because of his work ethic and intensity. Worked through a knee injury suffered in the summer of 2009 to play every game last season. Had minor elbow surgery in December 2010 that caused him to miss the team's bowl game. Helped an elderly woman escape from her burning home and received a bravery award. Good student, majoring in forensic sciences. Arrested in July 2010 for involvement in fight; continued to punch the man after police called for him to stop and threw the man through the glass door of a business. Pled guilty to disorderly conduct (originally charged with felony aggravated assault and resisting arrest), was order to apologize, pay medical bills. He was suspended for two weeks and faced internal discipline.
An AFCA All-American, Sheard has compiled 52 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He leads the Big East in forced fumbles (tied, 0.33 forced fumbles/game), ranks second in tackles for loss (tied, 1.21 TFLs/game) and is third in sacks (tied, 0.75 sacks/game). Nationally, he ranks fifth in forced fumbles and 21st in sacks.
Starting defensive end in all 13 games…had 42 tackles, 10.5 TFLs, five sacks and a team-high 12 QB hurries…posted a season and career-high six stops vs. NC State and Navy…deflected a pass that was intercepted by Greg Williams and returned 51 yards for a TD vs. Syracuse…against Notre Dame had 14-yard sack, four quarterback hurries and a pass deflection…had four total tackles with two TFLs against the Irish and was named the Coaching Staff Defensive Player of the Game...had three tackles and 1.5 TFLs, including a six-yard sack, in the Meineke Car Care Bowl vs. North Carolina.
Started all 13 games and compiled 45 tackles, 10.5 TFLs, 5.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery...had team-high 11 QB hurries...also had seven PBUs...had career-high six tackles at Navy, including a sack and forced fumble that Pitt parlayed into a TD...had five tackles and a five-yard sack vs. Louisville...had five tackles with an eight-yard sack at Syracuse...also recovered a fumble (forced by teammate Greg Romeus) at the SU 34 in the fourth quarter that led to Pitt's clinching TD in the 34-24 win...coaching staff Defensive Player of the Game for Syracuse contest.
Lettered as a true freshman, contributing as a reserve defensive end...played in nine games and had three tackles and two PBUs...had a season-high two stops against USF.
All-Broward County defensive lineman who had 54 tackles and 11 sacks as a senior at Hollywood Hills, a Florida 5A (second largest classification) school...speedy prospect who was timed at 4.6 in the 40 at the Nike combine prior to his senior season...rated the nation's No. 23 weakside defensive end by Rivals.com...rated one of the top 60 prospects in the state of Florida by Rivals...PrepStar All-Southeast Region...rated one of the top 100 prospects in Florida by SuperPrep...Scout.com Southeast "Hot 100"...rated one of the top 75 prospects in the southeast region by Scout.com...played under Coach Al Lang...also a track and field letterman...placed fourth in the shot put at the state track and field championships...also earned All-Broward County in the shot.
Jabaal Lamar Sheard, born 5/10/89, is the son of Evelyn Sheard...has one brother and one sister...was awarded a bravery medal when he helped an elderly woman escape from her burning home.
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12/11/14 - LB Jabaal Sheard (foot) did not practice but is expected to play against the Bengals.
12/10/14 - LB Jabaal Sheard (foot) missed practice. He has not practiced the last three weeks but plays on Sundays.
11/27/14 - LB Jabaal Sheard (foot) did not practice.
11/26/14 - LB Jabaal Sheard (foot) did not practice. The injury prevented him from practicing most of last week but he played 20 snaps against the Falcons.
11/20/14 - LB Jabaal Sheard (foot) did not practice.
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