April 5, 2007

Can Cornell replace Willis in the middle?

It's been a busy spring for Ole Miss sophomore Jonathan Cornell.

Not only has the 6-foot-1, 220 pound Californian had to change positions, he's had to move to middle linebacker, a position vacated by All-American Patrick Willis.

And with the added power comes responsibility, and that's were things were difficult for Cornell this spring although he's risen to the challenge.

"Spring started off pretty good. In the beginning, I think I was a lot more bogged down with responsibility from moving from Sam (strong side) linebacker to the middle," he said. "But, now that spring's progressed, I'm feeling a lot more comfortable in my role as a Mike (middle) linebacker."

Cornell, a four-star prospect that Ole Miss beat out Southern California to sign in 2006, played in seven games as a true freshman last fall, starting on the outside against LSU.

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