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VIDEO: Shepard’s return to field ‘doesn’t look promising’

BLOG — The news on cornerback Tee Shepard isn’t good.

Shepard, one of Ole Miss’ top newcomers, has been out of practice since Saturday and may end up missing the entire season with a partially torn tendon under his big toe. The sophomore, who had been running with the first team most of fall camp, suffered the injury late last week, and the coaching staff is in the process of getting second and third opinions before deciding what course of action to take.

Head coach Hugh Freeze didn’t sound optimistic about the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Shepard returning this season during the Rebels’ walk-through Wednesday morning inside the Manning Center.

“It’s a rare injury that he could try to push through and get fixed after the season, but there’s the chance that the tissue would form around and it not be able to heal properly long-term,” Freeze said. “Sure hate it, but it doesn’t look promising.”

Ole Miss has both starting cornerbacks back from last season in Senquez Golson and Mike Hilton, who’s also getting reps at the “Husky” position, and some depth to work with in Derrick Jones, Carlos Davis and Cliff Coleman along with some freshmen, but Shepard was expected to make an immediate impact.

Watch Freeze talk more about Shepard’s injury and what it could mean for moves in the secondary in the video below.

On a lighter note, Ole Miss is healthy — and deep — at running back.

Juniors I’Tavius Mathers and Jaylen Walton, sophomore Mark Dodson, freshmen Eugene Brazley and Jordan Wilkins and junior college transfer Akeem Judd are vying for carries this fall. Freeze said earlier this week the experience of Mathers and Walton gives them the upper hand in the battle to be the No. 1 back, but Ole Miss has the most options it’s had out of the backfield in the last three years.

Walton talks about his running mates, the competition at the top and the addition of Judd, whose 6-foot, 220-pound frame gives the Rebels some bulk at the position, in the following video.

Ole Miss will hold a closed scrimmage — its final scrimmage of the fall — Wednesday night.

See Thursday’s edition of the EAGLE for more camp coverage. (August 13, 2014)

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