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- December 15, 2023
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Special Recognition Award
FRANK SHEPTOCK (Bloomsburg State College Linebacker)
When Frank Sheptock finished his career at Mt. Carmel High School, the Kulpmont native had obliterated many of the Tornadoes defensive records. He set new standards for tackled in one game, 24; for tackles in one season, 155; and for tackles in a career 304. He was All-Anthracite on both the Patriot News and Reading Eagle Teams, and All Susquehanna Valley as both linebacker and tight end. Little did people realize that he was really a late bloomer, just beginning to find himself.
Upon the recommendation of Coach Joe Diminick, he opted for Bloomsburg State College, where new Coach Geroge Landis had been hired to rejuvenate the Huskie football program. As a frosh, Sheptock was the team defensive leader with 159 total points. He had 93 tackles in nine games, and included 17 tackles in one game against Millersville State. He was the Huskies defensive leader in 5 of the 9 games, was named to the ECAC Honor Roll on three occasions, and capped the season by being the only freshman named to the Pennsylvania Conference First Team.
The crowning glory came however when he was named First Team Little All-American as a linebacker. Knowing the pattern of improvement shown by the 6’1” Kulpmont linebacker, Huskie followers immediately began thinking of Bob Tucker, the last Bloomsburg player to make it to the NFL. Don’t bet against him.