8 Kendall Sheffield

Kendall Sheffield Ohio State
usaUnited States
Missouri City, TX
High School
Blinn College
Past Teams
Ohio State
2017, 2018

Post-OSU Update: Kendall Sheffield was selected with the 111th overall pick (4th round) of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. Sheffield was mostly a starter in his three years with the Falcons, starting 20 of his 38 games. He missed the 2022 season with an injury and then signed with Tennessee. He split the 2023 season with the Titans and 49ers. (updated: Jan. 2024)

Major: Human Development and Family Studies (2017-18)

Weight: 193 (2018), 183 (2017)

2018 Media Guide: In the summer of 2018 Kendall Sheffield was selected by NFL.com as the fastest player in college football … this after he broke the Ohio State school record and the French Field House
indoor record in the 60-meter dash in February with a time of 6.663 … the previous record had stood for 23 years … Sheffield, a fourth-year junior in his second year with the program, is much more than just a speed merchant, though … he had a fine sophomore season with the Buckeyes in 2017, playing in all 14 games and ranking second on the team in pass break-ups with nine … only the No. 4 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Denzel Ward, had more PBUs … Sheffield also contributed 40 tackles on the season … made three starts for Ohio State last season, including in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl against USC and Sam Darnold … earned game “champion” status from the OSU coaches for his Cotton Bowl efforts, including breaking up four passes, making three solo tackles and forcing a fumble that led to the first Buckeye touchdown in the 24-7 victory … was named a champion five times in all, including after the wins over Michigan State and Michigan.

2017 Media Guide: Kendall Sheffield enrolled at Ohio State for the start of 2017 spring drills … he is one of 10 from the 2017 recruiting class who enrolled early and competed with the team this spring … he is a junior academically and a sophomore in eligibility … Sheffield was rated as the No. 1 cornerback coming out of junior college by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports, and he was the No. 4 junior college prospect overall by ESPN … transferred to Ohio State from Blinn College in Brenham, Texas, where he played one season … in 2016, he played defensive back and returned kicks for Blinn and recorded 31 tackles, two interceptions and 11 pass break-ups, plus he scored touchdowns on both punt and kickoff returns … Sheffield was a consensus 5-star prospect in the 2015 recruiting class out of Thurgood
Marshall High School in Missouri City, Texas … he signed with Alabama and then redshirted the 2015 season with the Crimson Tide before transferring to Blinn.

High School: As a prepster, he was an Under Armour All-American, an all-USA first-team selection by USA Today and a first-team Associated Press Texas 5A all-state selection in 2014 … he played for
coach James Williams … was rated the No. 2 cornerback by Scout and No. 3 by ESPN … overall rankings were as high as No. 9 by Scout and No. 12 on the ESPN 300 … Sheffield was outstanding as a sprinter, as well, winning the 2014 Texas state 5A 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles championships and repeating as 110-meter champion the next year.

Personal: He is the son of Shelia and Cecil Sheffield.


SeasonTeamGGSTklSoloAsstTFLTFL YdsSacksSack YdsFFFRIntInt YdsPBUBlkDef TD
2017Ohio State143403192.06001100900
2018Ohio State1414352782.04001020800