OLE MISS NOTEBOOK: Rebels to celebrate Mullins

K1F3_Ole_Miss_logo.jpegBy Parrish Alford

Daily Journal

OXFORD – The 2014 season will be the 25th since Ole Miss defensive back Chucky Mullins sustained a spinal injury in a home game against Vanderbilt and died two years later.

To further honor Mullins the university has announced that the name of Coliseum Drive will be changed to Chucky Mullins Drive.

In addition, a weekend honoring Mullins’ memory is planned around the Memphis football game on Sept. 27.

“We’re calling it, ‘It’s Time. A celebration of the life and spirit of Chucky Mullins,’” athletics director Ross Bjork said.

Mullins will be inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame, the highest honor bestowed on Ole Miss athletes, that weekend, and the football team will wear navy helmets with his No. 38 on the side.

Secondary shake-up

Junior college transfer cornerback Tee Shepard, a former five-star recruit and Notre Dame signee, has been declared eligible by the NCAA and will be available when the Rebels take the field for the start of August camp this morning.

“We expect Tee to come in and be a lockdown corner that we may have been missing,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said. “He’s got size, strength and speed and is physical. I love his demeanor. The guy smiles all the time.”

The off-season Achilles injury to Chief Brown could force junior defensive back Mike Hilton to move from corner to Huskie.

The first depth chart has Hilton listed as a co-starter with sophomore Derrick Jones at boundary corner. Senior Senquez Golson is listed as the starter at field corner. Hilton is also listed as Tony Conner’s back-up at Huskie.

“Hilton is one of the best football players on our team. We’re going to find somewhere. He’s going to be on the field,” Freeze said.

More moves

Junior college transfer Jeremy Liggins, the former Lafayette High School star, will begin camp at tight end. He spent the entire spring at quarterback and could still be a short-yardage option there.

“He’s starting at tight end, but that doesn’t mean that’s where he’ll end up. He can play a lot of things,” Freeze said.

Freeze experimented with former Aberdeen star Channing Ward at tight end in the spring, but Ward now moves back to defensive end.

“Channing and I had several talks over the course of the summer. He will probably have one package offensively. Hopefully everything comes together for him and he kind of turns it loose and plays with a higher motor and not somewhat confused, which has kind of been what he’s going through,” Freeze said.

parrish.alford@journalinc.com