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Linebacker/Defensive End D.T. Shackelford to Return to Ole Miss for Sixth Season

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The two-time redshirt recipient will return next season.

L-to-R: Barry Brunetti and D.T. Shackelford celebrate the Rebels' Music City Bowl win.
L-to-R: Barry Brunetti and D.T. Shackelford celebrate the Rebels' Music City Bowl win.
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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.

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.