Werner Upbeat

The Rebel offensive line was a team strength with limited depth that was blessed by a lack of injuries last season. This year, more talent, more depth, and hopefully more good news throughout the months ahead on the medical front.




"Last year at this time, we had five, maybe six guys that could play," said offensive coordinator Dan Werner following Saturday's scrimmage. "This year we've got about eight or nine, with Patrick Junen out right now. But from what I hear, he'll be back next week. When you've got that many guys playing, it's just human nature you're going to play a little bit harder. You've got somebody right on your butt."

More depth at running back is a good thing as well, according to Werner.

"Last year at this time, we had to move Randall Mackey to be the backup tailback," he said. "This year we have six or seven guys there. During the scrimmages we're rolling them in and out. A guy knows if he doesn't make a right read or make a hard run, he's probably coming out and somebody else is going in with a smile on his face."

As for Saturday's apparently lengthy practice and scrimmage, Werner had a positive report, just as Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze had given the media gathered moments earlier.

"It was really good. I was really proud of the way our guys competed," Werner said, not involved in the media session of Freeze right before him. "Overall I ‘m sure Coach Freeze was pleased with it. I know I am."


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Werner believes Bo Wallace continues to play better, and he felt good about all the signal callers Saturday.

"All of the quarterbacks looked better," he said. "I thought we protected the football better. We still have some issues with that, which has been kind of our camp motto – protect the ball. I thought for the most part (Bo) made good decisions, and we scored a lot of touchdowns. He completed a lot of balls, so I was pleased."

Other Werner comments after Saturday's action on the practice fields -

On Laquon Treadwell: "He's going to have an immediate impact."

On Evan Engram: "(He) is going to play right off the bat."

On Quincy Adeboyejo: "He's a guy that was a big-time recruit but not as high as a couple of (others). But, man, he came out right away and showed he's really fast, he's really explosive. He understands how to get into zones and make plays. He's another guy that will play a bunch."

Werner left the practice field for the fan's Meet The Rebels Day. He headed that way with a positive feeling from Saturday's work by the football team – the entire football team.

"As an offensive coach, you want our offensive guys to dominate the scrimmage," he said. "But as a football coach of this football team, you want it to go back and forth, because obviously you want our defense to play well and they really did."


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