Posted by Tom Fornelli
Bad news for Ole Miss' defense, as the news the school feared the most about linebacker D.T. Shackelford was what the Rebels got on Tuesday. After undergoing an MRI on his injured knee on Monday, the school announced on Tuesday that Shackelford has torn the ACL in his right knee, and he's going to be out from six to eight months.
Which means his 2011 season is in serious jeopardy.
Shackelford injured the knee during drills on Monday, and head coach Houston Nutt was worried that the injury could be serious when it happened. Now we know how serious it is, and Nutt will have to find a new middle linebacker this season. Shackelford had been expected to take over the starting job this season following the graduation of Jonathan Cornell, who led the Rebels in tackles last season.
After starting six games in 2010, Shackelford managed to finish seventh on the team with 48 tackles. Shackelford also managed to lead the team with 5 sacks. It's expected that either Clarence Jackson or Ralph Williams will battle for the starting middle linebacker job in Shackelford's absence.