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Shackelford’s status for Ole Miss in 2012 uncertain

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A torn ACL suffered during spring practice last April kept Ole Miss’ D.T. Shackelford out for all of the 2011 season, but the linebacker was expected to return this year.

Unfortunately, he won’t be available for spring practice this year.  Even more unfortunately, his availability for the 2012 season appears to be up in the air as well.

First-year Rebels head coach Hugh Freeze revealed Saturday that Shackelford underwent a second surgery last week on his injured knee.  Freeze said that Shackelford’s participation in summer camp is questionable at this point in time.

“Yes there is a chance [Shackelford will return for camp] but certainly not something that we would feel definite about at this point,” Freeze said according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

A return to health by Shackelford would be a huge boon to an Ole Miss defense that finished dead last among SEC teams in total yards allowed per game (419.3) and points per game (32.1).

As a sophomore in 2010, Shackelford played in 12 games, starting six of them. He led the team in sacks with five, and finished second with nine tackles for loss.

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