Confident Russell

A defense loaded with talent and depth at most positions had holes at middle linebacker. That was the assessment of Ole Miss coaches in the spring, anyway, when they moved senior end CJ Johnson there.

Christian Russell was a first-year junior college transfer last year playing behind DT Shackelford. It wasn’t known what kind of year Shackelford, coming off two knee surgeries, would have, but it turned out to be pretty strong.

In the end, Russell wasn’t needed to be the starter. He played in every game and finished with 23 tackles. He sounds like he’s a lot more confident and comfortable in the defense in his second year.

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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  • Killer_Beeze

    I definitely wouldn’t want Christian Russell chasing me. This Rebel LB looks like a prototype of P. Willie. A big man at 245 lbs. He WILL plug some holes this year on the Landshark D.

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