Junior cornerback Tee Shepard has retired from football but will remain at Ole Miss, according to a release from the school Wednesday afternoon.
"The injuries and challenges I have overcome the last few years have taken away my love for playing the game of football," Shepard said. "I want to thank Rebel Nation for the support they have shown me in my time here. I want to especially thank Coach Freeze for showing me what unconditional love is like. I will always love this team and cheer them on as they compete for a championship. I look forward to completing my degree from Ole Miss and beginning the next phase of my life."
Shepard, who is hearing impaired, has had a tough go of it since graduating from high school in 2012. A former five-star prep recruit, Shepard originally signed with Notre Dame in 2012 but after enrolling in the spring he transferred to Holmes Community College. He signed with Ole Miss in 2014 and was getting second team reps but ended up tearing a tendon in a toe during fall and missed the entire season.
Through five games this season, Shepard had recorded two tackles and one pass defended.
"While we had hoped Tee would continue playing, he has chosen to conclude his career and focus on finishing his degree here at Ole Miss," Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said in a statement. "We respect his decision and wish him the very best. He will always be a part of our family, and we hope he continues to use his platform to impact others."