Tee Shepard was once considered to be a big part of the Ole Miss secondary. His story of overcoming a hearing impairment and winning a starting job on the team was certainly the greatest story of the offseason.
The Rebels’ secondary has grown increasingly worse over the last few weeks and on Saturday, they allowed Florida redshirt freshman quarterback Will Grier to throw for nearly 400 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-10 loss. Their struggles have led to head coach Hugh Freeze to make some changes in the defensive backfield.
According to SB Nation, Shepard was one of the first ones to be sat down. This is due to his hearing issue that has caused some miscommunication on the field.
He’s really struggled in getting the checks. In that kind of environment, [Florida] used a lot of shifts and a lot of motion. A lot of teams have been doing that to us. It has nothing to do with his physical skills. When they do that, we have to make a check, and that is very difficult for him.
With the games that we are playing, it’s much easier to play at home than on the road. That is an issue for him. While all of us hate that, there is part of that to it. If there is any short motion or shift, he has to look back to see it. And when you turn around, all of a sudden, the ball is snapped. So that has been an issue for us.
On Sunday night, Shepard began retweeting fans that showed he was clearly frustrated with the way things were going.
Things certainly don’t look too good for Shepard’s future with the Rebels.
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