Werner: Great Camp

The second August under this Ole Miss coaching staff has produced what Offensive Coordinator Dan Werner called "a great camp." Read his thoughts on August practice inside.

"Last year, they were learning what to do, basically. Now they are learning how to do it and how to do it faster," said Werner.

"We feel really good about where we are right now."

Werner believes the Rebs are more capable of going faster this year due to their knowledge of the offense.

"They know what to do, so they are going to play faster. Again, it depends on the refs and how fast they let us play," he stated. "I hear they are going to set the ball quicker. If that is the case, we will push it to the limit."

With all offenses, everything starts up front.

"We have a little more depth there than we did last year, along with four returning starters," he stated. "Last year, we didn't have much depth. That will help us go faster because we can substitute. The young guys have done a real good job this fall camp. We trust them now and will feel more comfortable putting in a sub here and there."

At wideout, Werner has great faith in Donte Moncrief and Ja-Mes Logan, a pair of tried-and-trues, but what of some of the newcomers, particularly frosh Laquon Treadwell, who will get a start in his first collegiate game.

"He's done a great job. He is physical, he can block. He knows how to find spots in the zone and he has great hands," noted Dan. "We'll just see how he handles the lights, but he has handled practice very well."

There was some worry early in August about the condition of QB Bo Wallace's shoulder and arm soreness. That's gone now, in Werner's mind.

"He's fine. The structure of his shoulder is 100%. He just had to get the strength in his arm back," Werner said. "We have not limited his throwing in almost two weeks. We feel he's ready to go."

Bo Wallace
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The running backs? Besides wanting I'tavius Mathers back from ankle issues, Werner has no problems.

"We feel we have more quality depth there and we know what Jeff (Scott) can do. We are comfortable at running back," he noted.

The first test, obviously, is Vanderbilt, just two days and some change (hours) away. The Commodore defense did a good job of shutting down the Rebel run game and preventing the Rebs from scoring touchdowns in the Red Zone last year.

"They are very sound in what they do. They played tough all year last year," explained Werner. "They don't do a whole lot until they get you in a third down and then they give you a lot of different looks, like nickel blitzes, that are hard to pick up.

"They make you drive it down the field and don't give up many big plays. We moved it up and down the field last year, but didn't do a good job of scoring when we got in tight. If I were them, I would stay with the same plan."

The Rebs had great success in the passing game, but, again, the Red Zone woes were critical in teh final outcome - a 27-26 loss for the Rebels.

"It was very frustrating. We had so many chances and just didn't take advantage of it," said Dan. "To their credit, they had a good plan and we will have to come up with something better this year when we get down there.

"We feel we'll be a better offense this year because of the guys we have coming back. We just have to execute a little better and, as coaches, we have to give the kids a better plan when we are in position to score. Last year, I didn't have a good enough plan and we didn't execute at times when we did have some good things to go to."

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