SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. (WDVM) — Shepherd Football alum, Billy Brown, has been named a first team selection to the D2Football.com All-Decade team from 2010-19.
“Being named to the all-decade team is something I couldn’t imagine accomplishing when I first started playing football,” said Brown through an Instagram message.
After only starting to play on a team in his third year of high school, Brown says that “it feels good to have people recognize my hard work and accomplishments on the field.”
The Gaithersburg, Maryland native played wide receiver for the Rams from 2012-2016.
In his freshman campaign, Brown appeared in 11 games and started in three of them. He was an All-WVIAC honorable mention after garnering a team-best 5 touchdown catches on 25 receptions for 323 yards. Brown redshirted the next season.
Back on the field in 2014, Brown picked up right where he left off, once again leading the Rams in touchdown catches (6) with 36 receptions for 676 yards, earning him second team All-MEC honors.
The next season, the Rams made an historic run.
“One of my best memories at Shepherd was after the final four victory over Grand Valley State to advance to our school’s first ever national title game,” said Brown. “[It was] such a surreal experience at the time.”
The Rams were perfect in the regular season that year, losing only one game. The national title game to Northwest Missouri State 34-7. Brown scored the team’s lone touchdown and finished with six receptions for 95 yards.
He finished the 2015 season setting Shepherd single-season marks with 89 receptions for 1,492 yards and 10 touchdowns, and was named First Team All-MEC.
In Brown’s final season at Shepherd, the third ranked Rams found themselves back in the national title game after another perfect regular season.
They lost to #7 University of North Alabama 23-13.
Brown left Shepherd as the all-time leader in receptions (249), receiving yards (4,071), and receiving touchdowns (43) and was the first player from Shepherd to play in the East-West Shrine game, an annual post-season all-star game that attracts scouts from professional teams.
Brown is also one of only two players from Shepherd to have participated in the NFL combine, and in 2017 was honored at the Eastern College Football Awards Banquet as the American Football Networks DII Player of the Year.
Brown was signed by the Eagles as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2017. The Eagles released him from their practice squad in 2018, and then signed with Indianapolis Colts practice squad.
D2Football.com All-Decade Team
|QB||Jason Vander Laan||Ferris State|
|RB||Austin Ekeler||Western Colorado|
|WR||Jeff Janis||Saginaw Valley|
|OL||Ryan Schraeder||Valdosta State|
|OL||Garth Heikkinen||Minnesota Duluth|
|OL||Amini Silatolu||Midwestern State|
|OL||Joe Long||Wayne State (Mich.)|
|DL||Matt Judon||Grand Valley|
|DL||Brandon Williams||Missouri Southern|
|DL||Matt Lonacre||Northwest Missouri|
|LB||Deon Lacey||West Alabama|
|LB||Nate Dreiling||Pittsburg State|
|DB||Malcolm Butler||West Alabama|
|DB||Rontez Miles||Cal U|
|K||Greg Zuerlein||Missouri Western|
|P||Taylor Accardi||Colorado School of Mines|
|AP||John Brown||Pittsburg State|
|QB||Luis Perez||Texas A&M-Commerce|
|RB||Ja’Quan Gardner||Humboldt State|
|WR||Brody Oliver||Colorado Mines|
|WR||Shane Zylstra||Minnesota State|
|TE||Brian Leonhardt||Bemidji State|
|OL||Alex Cappa||Humboldt State|
|OL||Eric Kush||Cal U|
|OL||Brandon Fusco||Slippery Rock|
|OL||Matt Armstrong||Grand Valley|
|OL||Trey Pipkens||Sioux Falls|
|DL||Marcus Martin||Slippery Rock|
|DL||Grover Stewart||Albany State|
|DL||Cedric Thornton||Southern Arkansas|
|DL||Zach Sieler||Ferris State|
|LB||Larry Dean||Valdosta State|
|LB||Adam Bighill||Central Washington|
|DB||Janoris Jenkins||North Alabama|
|DB||Jeff Heath||Saginaw Valley|
|DB||Tavierre Thomas||Ferris State|
|DB||Brandon Dixon||Northwest Missouri|
|K||Dante Brown||Fort Hays|
|P||Randy Weich||Wayne State (Neb.)|
References: Shepherd Athletics, Colts.com, shrinegame.com, D2Football.com