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Rebel Roundup - April 12, 2011

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D.T. Shackelford, the most promising of the young Rebel linebacking corps, will miss the upcoming season with a torn ACL. When it rains, it pours in Oxford, Mississippi.
D.T. Shackelford, the most promising of the young Rebel linebacking corps, will miss the upcoming season with a torn ACL. When it rains, it pours in Oxford, Mississippi.

Rebels await MRI result on Shackelford, plus other notes from today | Veazey
No wait necessary. I've got the results right here: DT's ACL is torn. Well, looks like CJ Johnson will have to contribute right away during his freshman season. With our luck, though, he'll end up being consumed by a sinkhole or mauled by a bear before the season's beginning (tragic irony is tragic). Here's to your recovery DT. I can't wait to see what you're made of next season...

Notes on DT Shackleford and other Rebels | Rivals
Here are some more notes from yesterday's practice, including offensive coordinator David Lee hinting at the possibility of Ole Miss utilizing a two quarterback system this fall.

Ole Miss lands elite shortstop | Rivals
Gavin Cecchini, an elite shortstop prospect out of Lake Charles, LA, chose the Ole Miss Rebels over the home state LSU Tigers. There is a possibility he never sees time in Oxford, though, due to his prospects in the major leagues. An interesting aside: Gavin's brother, Garin, another celebrated shortstop prospect, signed with LSU out of high school before entering the Boston Red Sox farm system after a fourth round draft pick. For a baseball program which is in a bit of a slump (that might be an understatement), we are pulling off some impressive recruiting coups.

Pinkins, Holloway Join Basketball Program, Armstrong Promoted | OleMissSports.com
A lot of changes have been made in our basketball program over the past few days. One Man to Beat and I will have a separate post dedicated to those changes later today.

Our Defense Was Terrible Last Season | Phil Steele
The master of obscure, nuanced statistical analysis of college football, Phil Steele, does an excellent job of quantifying just how horrible our defense was this past season. By looking at the yards per point of each team in football, a metric which is exactly what it sounds like, he's got the Rebel defense as one of 2010-11's ten worst. Nowhere to go but up, y'all!