By Ole Miss Media Relations
OXFORD – Ole Miss linebacker D.T. Shackelford was named the 22nd recipient of the Chucky Mullins Courage Award Thursday and became the first junior to receive the distinction. He will also be the first player since the 2005 season to wear Mullins’ No. 38.
The award, sponsored by Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, honors the late Chucky Mullins, who had his Ole Miss career come to an end during the 1989 Homecoming game against Vanderbilt when he was paralyzed after making a tackle. After returning to his studies at Ole Miss, Mullins passed away on May 6, 1991.
The selection of Shackelford was announced during Thursday night’s Chucky Mullins Courage Award Banquet, which is sponsored each year by Phi Beta Sigma and Phi Kappa Psi fraternities. Shackelford will be recognized Saturday when Ole Miss conducts the BancorpSouth Grove Bowl spring football game, set for 1 p.m. at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium/ Hollingsworth Field.
The award takes on special significance this year as the No. 38 is returning to the field for the first time since it became just the second retired number in Ole Miss’ storied football history in 2006, joining Archie Manning’s No. 18. This also marks the first year for the award pool to be expanded to include all upperclassmen.
A two-year letterman from Decatur, Ala., Shackelford played in all 12 games with six starts as a sophomore last season. Playing both defensive end and Will linebacker, he topped the Rebels and finished 13th in the SEC with 5.0 sacks. Shackelford also led the team in QB hurries, ranked second in TFLs and seventh in tackles. He was an SEC All-Freshman team selection by the league coaches in 2009.
Shackelford joins 21 former Ole Miss Rebels to receive the Chucky Mullins Courage Award. They include Chris Mitchell, Jeff Carter, Trea Southerland, Johnny Dixon, Alundis Brice, Michael Lowery, Derek Jones, Nate Wayne, Gary Thigpen, Ronnie Heard, Anthony Magee, Kevin Thomas, Lanier Goethie, Jamil Northcutt, Eric Oliver, Kelvin Robinson, Patrick Willis, Jeremy Garrett, Jamarca Sanford, Marcus Tillman and Kentrell Lockett.