Johnson: Rebels were three plays from playoff in 2014

While lots of experienced talent returns for the Ole Miss defense there are a couple of key areas to address this spring, and coaches are doing that by moving around a couple of veterans: CJ Johnson from end to linebacker and Mike Hilton from corner to rover.

Johnson says it has really hit home – after it was brought up recently by defensive coordinator Dave Wommack – how close the Rebels were to being in the first four-team college football playoff.

Johnson says the Rebels were only three plays away.

“There was a dropped interception against Auburn, a dropped interception against LSU, and that drive that LSU scored on, I missed a sack on third down. It’s stuff like that we have to get better at,” he said.

The move of Hilton to safety was somewhat expected and not that big a deal for the senior from Georgia who has already played every position in the secondary.

Johnson played linebacker in high school but quickly settled into a play-maker at defense end when he got to Ole Miss.

“It will be a big learning process for me, but I’m ready for it,” he said.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • TheGiantRebel

    From the offensive side, I would say the Treadwell injury in the Auburn game(fumbled inches shy of the TD), is a key play as well.


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