Ole Miss isn’t sure if offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil will play on Saturday versus Alabama, but the Rebels know they will be without cornerback Tee Shepard for 30 minutes.
Shepard has been ruled out of the first half due to a targeting call that resulted in his ejection from last Saturday’s game against Fresno State. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze told Daniel Paulling of The Clarion-Ledger that he spoke to SEC officials about the incident on Monday morning and learned that the punishment would stand.
The Rebels will certainly miss Shepard, but the Ole Miss secondary is not making any excuses.
“We would like for him to be out there in the first half with us,” Rebels cornerback Kendarius Webster told Paulling. “But due to the fact that he’s not, we have to step up and take responsibility.”
The secondary will get an added lift from sophomore safety C.J. Hampton returning from his two-game suspension. Hampton played in every game last season as a backup and had 10 tackles.
Freeze said he talked to the SEC office this AM re: Tee Shepard’s targeting call Saturday. Confirmed he’ll miss first half against ‘Bama.
— Davis Potter (@DPotterOE) September 14, 2015