Shepard and the Rebels

From the Mother Ship, our update on the Tee Shepard situation. It’s fluid, though I suspect we will hear something today.

Dave Wommack did not address Shepard’s status last night, saying he’d let that come from Hugh Freeze.

Freeze’s next scheduled media appearance will be today on the SEC teleconference shortly after 11 a.m.

I’ll say this, Shepard is one of those players that you cheer for. He’d embraced his role as an advocate for the hearing impaired. Take the hearing disability away, and I think he’s still a great personality.

He was so genuinely excited in late August thinking that his time to be a big part of a major college team had come.

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Some folks on social media have mentioned the fact that hearing should not be a big problem on the road when the home team has the ball.

I would agree with that to an extent, but I also think there’s the potential for background noise at any time. The big issue is less about hearing and more about motion and audibles by the offense, particularly a tempo offense. Shepard may be hearing some, but if he’s not hearing clearly he’s not going to get the defensive audible from the safety. The biggest concern from Freeze is that Shepard has to turn and face the safety to get the check while the ball is being snapped.

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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