Ole Miss’ DT Shackelford gets sixth year of eligibility

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Ole Miss linebacker and defensive end DT Shackelford has received a sixth year of eligibility that will allow him to play his final season this fall.

Shackelford returned in 2013 after an ACL injury sidelined him for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, and Hugh Freeze is pumped about him returning for another season, via Clarion Ledger.

“I’m excited that D.T. plans to return for another year,” coach Hugh Freeze said in a statement. “He brings great energy and leadership to our defense and is exactly the type of student-athlete we want in our program.

“I’m grateful to have a senior like him to provide a good example for our young players.”

He finished with 44 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and two sacks this past season, and his leadership is an asset for such a young team overall.

Shackelford has earned his bachelor’s degree and should pursue a master’s degree this spring.

It won’t be long until the Ole Miss team starts calling him ‘pops’. Shackelford has been at Ole Miss since 2009 and played on the Rebels’ 9-4 ‘09 team and the 4-8 ‘10 team.

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