Good stuff here from Tee Shepard. He’s a genuinely pleasant fellow in interviews. It’s easy to like this guy and hope he does well.
There have been high expectations for Shepard, a former Notre Dame signee, since he signed with Ole Miss out of Hinds Community College last year.
When he sustained the toe injury last August that caused him to miss the year Hugh Freeze told us at that time that he was losing what he considered to be “arguably his best cover corner.”
It’s been assumed this off-season that Shepard and Tony Bridges would take over as the starting corners. It may well work that way, but Bridges has gotten better reviews this month.
That said, you could see the excitement in Shepard yesterday:
Coaches haven’t come out and challenged Shepard in the way that Freeze challenged his wide receivers, nor have they been critical of his play, but you could just pick up in conversations the general feeling seemed to be more enthusiasm for Bridges.
So it is on the Week 1 depth chart that Bridges is listed as the starter on one side with the other side being Kendarius Webster or Tee Shepard.
There will likely be a three-cornerback rotation with these players. Who starts and how much they play remains to be seen.