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On To The Next One: Kelvin Sheppard

Yet another player selected in the 2011 NFL Draft has changed representation prior to even being permitted to sign with the team that drafted him.  However, this time that player has not made the jump to Drew Rosenhaus.  Instead, Kelvin Sheppard, who was taken in the third round (#68 overall) by the Buffalo Bills, has left mega-agency SportsTrust Advisors and signed with Universal Sports & Entertainment Management.  Sheppard played his college ball at Louisiana State University, where he was primarily an inside linebacker.  He earned First Team All-SEC honors (coaches and Associated Press) in his final year with the Tigers.

Universal Sports also represents two other 2011 NFL Draft picks: safety Da’Norris Searcy from the University of North Carolina, who was drafted by Buffalo in the fourth round (#100 overall) and defensive end Markus White from Florida State University, who was taken by the Washington Redskins in the seventh round (#224 overall).

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

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