Shackelford honored for leadership, service

From Ole Miss Media Relations

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Former Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel announced Tuesday that the winner of the 2014 Wuerffel Trophy is Ole Miss linebacker Deterrian Shackelford.

The All Sports Association presents the Wuerffel Trophy to the Football Bowl Subdivision football player who best exhibits exemplary community service.

“It’s hard for me to express how excited I am to announce Deterrian Shackelford as the 2014 Wuerffel Trophy winner,” said Wuerffel. “This young man truly exemplifies not only all that is good about football, but the important and positive aspects of life.”

Shackelford has two degrees from the University of Mississippi, a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in higher education, and has continued taking graduate classes this fall. The Decatur, Alabama, native has helped lead two mission trips to Haiti and Panama while also mentoring local youth. He has been actively involved in the Oxford community, helping lead efforts to fight hunger and raise funds for cancer research. He is also a highly sought-after speaker for school, community and church groups. The Rebels’ starting middle linebacker is a five-time selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll, a two-time semifinalist for the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award, a two-time member of the SEC Community Service Team, and all while currently helping Ole Miss to lead the nation in scoring defense, as the Rebels allow just 13.8 points per game to opposing teams.

This is the 10th anniversary of the Wuerffel Trophy, an award named after Wuerffel, the 1996 Heisman Trophy winner who led the Florida Gators to the 1996 national championship, played six years in the National Football League and has received national recognition for his humanitarian and community service efforts with Desire Street Ministries, in New Orleans and around the country.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • TheDocIsIn

    Dr. DT is going to have a nice ring to it…

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