The All Sports Association and the Wuerffel Trophy Committee proudly announces Deterrian Shackelford, Middle Linebacker for the University of Mississippi, as the 2014 and tenth recipient of the Wuerffel Trophy.
The Wuerffel Trophy recognizes the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement.
Shackelford, a rare sixth-year senior, and has two degrees from the University of Mississippi, a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in higher education, and has continued taking graduate classes this fall. The Decatur, AL native has helped lead two mission trips to Haiti and Panama while also mentoring local Oxford youth. He has been actively involved in the Oxford, MS community, helping lead efforts to fight hunger and raise funds for cancer research. He is also a highly sought-after speaker for school, community and church groups and is a dedicated member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
The Rebels’ starting middle linebacker is a five-time selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll, a two-time semifinalist for the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award, a two-time member of the SEC Community Service Team, and all while currently helping Ole Miss to lead the nation in scoring defense in2014, as the Rebels allowed just 16.0 points per game to opposing teams. He eventually wants to get his PhD and become a college athletic director, but not before he tries his luck in the NFL. One cannot think that Deterrian will not achieve both goals.
Determination and hard work have always been second nature to Deterrian. Former Ole Miss Coach Houston Nutt remembers the first time he visited Shackelford’s Decatur, Alabama High School and his coach said that he was the hardest working player he had ever had. When Nutt saw Shackelford go through a workout, he thought to himself that this guy was special.
After signing with the Rebels, he was one of the better defensive players in the SEC being named to the 2009 SEC All-Freshman Team. After his second year of play, Deterrian had a knee injury requiring surgery and missed the entire 2011 and 2012 football seasons with multiple knee surgeries. He remained a vocal team leader throughout those trying times and became one of the top playmakers on one of the nation’s leading defensive units.
This is the third time Shackelford was nominated by Ole Miss for the Wuerffel Trophy (2010, 2013). He was named Captain of the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, is a two-time member of the SEC Community Service Team, and was a semifinalist for the 2013 Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup Award.
Deterrian is the son of Malcolm and Sherry Shackelford of Decatur, Alabama.