Ole Miss defensive end C.J. Johnson was a linebacker when he was one of the nation’s top recruits in 2011.
He will end his college career back in the middle of the field if this spring experiment works out.
Hugh Freeze announced at his Tuesday pre-spring presser that Johnson will spend the spring at middle linebacker in an effort to fill the vacancy left by D.T. Shackelford.
There were actually some sets last season in which Johnson was standing up at the line of scrimmage. That can help him this move, he says. So can his high school experience, but high school was a long time ago and a different level.
Johnson’s move to linebacker creates an opportunity for more reps for young guys like Victor Evans.
He talks about the young guys here and some other topics as well like what the 2015 Ole Miss defense can do for an encore.
The biggest thing he wants to do is see the defense create more turnovers.