Hobart College record-breaking wide receiver Brandon Shed has accepted an invitation to play in the National Football League Players Association Collegiate Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 20, 2018. He’s the first Statesmen to be invited to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, which is in its seventh year.
One of the greatest receivers in Hobart history, Shed played in 42 career games, catching 168 passes for 2,954 yards and 32 touchdowns. He set the program career standards for receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, the latter mark fell before the end of his junior season. Shed averaged 17.58 yards per catch over the past four seasons, a mark exceeded by only two Statesmen. Among active players in Division III, his career numbers rank sixth in yards per catch (17.7) and receiving touchdowns and ninth in receiving yards.
“When Brandon first stepped on campus four years ago, he was a 175 pound athlete and has continued to grow in his athleticism and strength on and off the field over the last four years,” Offensive Coordinator Jon Drach said. “He has developed himself into a receiver from when he got here as just an athlete. His route running has been excellent and he continues to hone his craft every day.”
At the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, Shed will join NFL prospects from across the country, competing against players from programs like Arkansas, BYU, LSU, Michigan, and Virginia Tech. Participants in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl have the unique opportunity to network with and learn from current and former NFL players. These veterans provide players with first-hand insight on what it takes to win on and off the field.
Shed is following in the footsteps of former Statesman and current Tampa Bay Buccaneer Ali Marpet, whose impressive performance at the Reese’s Senior Bowl led to an invitation to the NFL Combine. Marpet was one of the top performing offensive linemen at that year’s combine and became the highest drafted player from Division III, going in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
This season, Shed earned first team All-Liberty League honors after leading the conference in yards per catch (15.71) and ranking second in receiving yards. He finished his career with at least one reception in 31 consecutive games, the second longest streak in Hobart history.
Shed had four 100-yard receiving games this season, including a season-high 132 yards on nine receptions against eventual national semifinalist Brockport. He pulled in a season-high 10 passes for 103 yards at Union.
Shed enjoyed his most impressive season statistically in 2016, making 74 receptions for 1,284 yards and 17 touchdowns, all Hobart season records. He enjoyed seven 100-yard receiving games, including a record breaking performance at St. Lawrence. In the 34-18 win over the Saints, Shed tied the program record with 12 receptions and broke the game mark with 241 yards while scoring a pair of TDs. His dominating campaign earned him a spot on the D3football.com All-America team, in addition to first team All-Liberty League honors.
As a sophomore, Shed recorded 37 receptions for 700 yards and eight touchdowns. He earned second team All-Liberty League honors that year, finishing second in the league in receiving TDs and fourth in receiving yards.
“We’re looking forward to seeing him take his talents to the next level,” Drach said. “I know this is a great opportunity for him to go compete at an extremely high level against excellent competition and I have nothing but the fullest confidence that he will not only show what he can do, but he will excel, just like Ali [Marpet] did. I can’t wait to watch the game and I couldn’t be happier for such a great young man.”