Rebels’ DE Shackelford receives sixth season

SHACKELFORD

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Ole Miss linebacker-defensive end D.T. Shackelford has received a sixth season of eligibility from the NCAA.

Shackelford made the announcement Saturday afternoon on his Twitter page. Late in the season, he’d said he had not made a final decision on his future.

“I’m excited that D.T. plans to return for another year,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said. “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.”

The Decatur, Ala., missed all of the 2011 and 2012 seasons after tearing his ACL (knee ligament) in the spring of 2011.

He earned freshman All-SEC honors in 2009 and in 2010 led the team in sacks with five, in pressures with three and was second on the team with nine tackles for loss.

This season he appeared in 13 games with two starts, one of those the Rebels’ 25-17 win over Georgia Tech in the Music City Bowl.

Shackelford had seven tackles, a sack and two pressures in the bowl game, continuing a trend of improved play toward the end of the season.

He finished with 44 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and four pressures.

Parrish Alford