After much speculation by Ole Miss fans, D.T. Shackelford announced today via Twitter that he will forego an opportunity at the NFL to stay an Ole Miss Rebel for a sixth season.
Blessed to have another opportunity to play again with my teammates and locking the VAUGHT. THANK GOD for another year of that red and blue.— Deterrian (@Shack_Attack99) January 11, 2014
Shackelford has missed two seasons due to knee injuries, and earning an NCAA medical redshirt in 2011 gave him the opportunity to return in 2014 for a rare sixth year. This season marked his first time on the field since 2010, where he, as a redshirt senior, totaled 44 tackles (21 solo) and a sack.
Having been in Oxford for a while now, Shackelford has earned his undergraduate degree and should be well on his way to earning his master's. The continued presence on the Chancellor's list has become a fan-favorite among Rebel faithful for his academic dedication as well as his perseverance through two difficult knee surgeries.
Hotty Toddy, and thanks for sticking around, Shack.