Ole Miss defensive end/linebacker D.T. Shackelford — of no relation to Rusty — was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA late last week, allowing him to return to the Rebels for the 2014 season.
Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze told reporters he is thrilled to have Shackelford back:
I’m excited that D.T. plans to return for another year. 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 (GulfLive.com).
The 6-foot-1, 246-pound Shackelford made an impact the second he arrived in Oxford, recording 20 tackles and earning SEC All-Freshman honors in 2009. He followed up his impressive freshman campaign with a great sophomore year in which he had 48 tackles and a team-high five sacks. However, his career was derailed when he tore his ACL before the 2011 season, requiring him to redshirt for the year. He then re-injured the same knee before the 2012 season, causing him to once again spend the year on the sidelines. He finally returned to the field in 2013, recording 44 tackles and two sacks.