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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

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Johnson talks LB move

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

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Johnson talks young players, TCU offense

Because of injuries in 2013 CJ Johnson got another year of eligibility. That’s good for Ole Miss, of course, but it leaves Johnson a little emotional for this last game of the 2014 season when his class of seniors will

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C.J. Johnson has an idea of the challenge ahead for Laquon Treadwell

The Laquon Treadwell injury was unique in how the leg bent, not unheard of but unique. And certainly painful. One Ole Miss player who has a better understanding of what Treadwell is going through than most of their teammates is

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Bringing the Heat

From the Mother Ship, the Rebels struggled to get pressure on quarterbacks last year especially after C.J. Johnson was done for the year. Johnson is back and healthy, and there are new players on the roster with a gift for

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Johnson talks Ole Miss defense

Defensive end C.J. Johnson likes how camp has gone for the defense, particularly with the increased pass rush. That’s been a point of emphasis after the Rebels were 12th in the league and 96th in America in sacks last year,

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Gross excited about potential for Ole Miss defense

Ole Miss players report Friday. I had a conversation with Issac Gross last week for a feature that will appear tomorrow in the the Daily Journal. Gross, a junior defensive tackle from South Panola, has struggled to gain weigh and

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Wrapping up the Rebels’ appearance at SEC Media Days

Notes and thoughts on Ole Miss’ appearance at SEC Media Days … For starters, there was an awful lot of Bo Wallace in our coverage today, but he had the most compelling story lines. I was fortunate to have John

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C.J. Johnson says Tunsil is making him a better pass rusher

While Ole Miss has more depth on defense the Rebels will be at their best if they don’t have to use it much. Depth is best used to insert fresh legs, but there’s no doubt the Rebels need to keep

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Looking ahead to 2015 draft

With the NFL draft behind us now I’ve pondered the question of who might be Ole Miss draft candidates in 2015? Clearly Rebels coach Hugh Freeze would like to see more Ole Miss players drafted. He made that statement at

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After Signing Day: Defensive ends

A position by position look at the Rebels after signing day … There are intriguing pick-ups at the ends and just as much intrigue by who is returning. I thought we might see improved sack numbers off the edge with

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Thursday 8.8 Practice Update

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze talked about the Rebels’ practice then when it was over, talked a little more about C.J. Johnson. Freeze did not receive a question about Wednesday’s Commercial Appeal report that focused on two NCAA employees who

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Spring look ahead: Defensive ends

For the second-straight year this position features the Rebels’ most high-profile signee. Fans will have to wait until August to get a look at Robert Nkemdiche, the nation’s No. 1 recruit. What Nkemdiche does between now and August will have

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