Wommack talks defense

In addition to nine starters returning, Dave Wommack is excited to have new pieces and parts to work with for his Ole Miss defense.

“We’ve got like seven new guys who either weren’t eligible or transferred in. That changes your team. It gives you depth, keeps you fresh and does a lot of things. So you just stay healthy and keep getting better,” he said.

Wommack talks about the early days of spring drills here:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvH7tzzNsgY[/youtube]

As he describes in the video, Wommack hasn’t hesitated to put his new guys in important roles. That’s not surprising with Anthony Alford, who has D1 experience from Southern Miss, but it tells you a little bit of what he thinks of guys new to college football like C.J. Hampton, a freshman and early enrollee from Meridian, and junior college transfer Christian Russell, a middle linebacker looking to replace Mike Marry.

Ole Miss finished seventh in total defense (370.5 ypg) and seventh in scoring defense (23.7 ppg) last season.

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 Kory Keys and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Colonel_Panic

    I fully expect this defense to be top 5 in the SEC next year. Marry was consistent but just didn’t have the speed or coverage skills to be a top linebacker in the league. We get back most of the backs with exception of Sawyer who was hurt most of the year. With CJ coming back healthy and RNK with a growing year under his belt, the pass rush should be improved immensely. Finally, with the influx of more talent all around and another year of weights, this defense should be looking more and more like a top tier SEC defense.

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