Cream of the Crop

Ole Miss defensive coordinator Dave Wommack has a simple goal this spring. He wants to find the best 11 players to start on defense, and he's not afraid to mix and match to do it

Through five practices, Wommack has done just that. Veteran Charles Sawyer, a versatile player, opened the spring at cornerback. He was shifted back to safety -- where he started a number of games last season -- Thursday, and Dehendrent Collins was elevated to the first team at cornerback opposite Wesley Pendleton.

Aaron Garbutt, a defensive back all of last season, is being tried at linebacker. Redshirt freshman Chief Brown is with the first team at safety, and defensive back Denzel Nkemdiche has played free safety and the team's hybrid "Husky" position.

"I told the kids when I first got here, the first day, I don't care if you're a senior, I don't care if you're a new freshman coming in, I don't care if you're from Texas or California, white or black, it doesn't matter to me. We just want to get the best 11 players on the field," Wommack said.

"There's going to be changes until we can find the right people. We're going to get the best 11 on the field."

Wommack met the media following practice Thursday afternoon. He discussed the personnel moves, as well as players who have impressed him, including sophomore defensive end C.J. Johnson.



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