"Our defense is really good, so it's tough every day but I am proud of the way we are competing and coming along," said Werner. "Coach (Hugh) Freeze is big on competition in practice - a winner and a loser in different drills and periods each day. I feel we have held our own against them. They are really physical in the front seven, so it's hard to run the ball, and they are doing a fine job covering our outside guys, so throwing it is tough, but we are making plays.
"We feel if we can compete against our defense, we should be able to compete against anybody in the country."
There is still plenty to do, admittedly, but so far, so good.
First, with the quarterbacks. Be forewarned, Werner is still not tipping his hand.
"They are doing well. For the most part, we have taken care of the ball," he noted. "We are charting everything they are doing, but we aren't ready to say someone is separating themselves yet."
Werner started with tight end and who is going to be helping out All-SEC candidate Evan Engram.
"Jeremy Liggins will definitely fill a role. He picked up right where he left off from last year. He is big and physical and he's catching the ball well," noted Dan. "Matt Brown has done some good things. Taz Zettergren has done some good things but is injured (turf toe) right now. And the transfer, Dillon Barrett, has shown some good signs. He's tough and physical and he catches the ball well. He's in the mix."
Jaylen Walton and Jordan Wilkins are the known, proven commodities at running back, but a lot is expected of Akeem Judd, a JUCO transfer a year ago who redshirted in 2014.
"Akeem has done a good job. He and Jordan have been physical this fall camp. I like them both. They are both big, they run hard and they have good hands," Werner added. "They have looked pretty good so far."
Laquon Treadwell is "the man" outside, but the receiver group is certainly not a one man show, according to Werner.
"Demore'ea (Stringfellow) is a lot like Laquon in that he is very physical. He's made some good plays this fall, but I like them all - Derrick Jones, Cody Core, Quincy Adeboyejo, Markell Pack and some more," Dan said. "And I like those two freshmen (DaMarksu Lodge and Van Jefferson). Any other year, they would be playing a lot, but it's going to be hard for them to break through this year. We'll see."
Werner also has optimism with the guys up front on the offensive line.
"The great thing is that all of them are healthy. The ones and the twos have done a nice job," he closed. "I'm really pleased with their progress to this point, but I can say that about the whole offense.
"We just have to keep pushing and keep getting better little by little, day by day. And we have to keep competing and holding our own against our defense."
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