Werner talks Razorbacks

A Q-and-A with Ole Miss offensive coordinator Dan Werner on Saturday’s opponent, the Arkansas Razorbacks …

Q:  What do you see in their defense?

“They have a really good defensive line that’s active.  The inside guys are big and strong and their outside guys can really run.  It seems like I have to say the same thing every week, but it’s true.  We’ve got our hands full just like every week.  They have given up some points, but that was early on.  The last two games they’ve played they’ve only given up a total of 14 points so they are obviously on the right track.  Lets hope we can move the ball on them, and the more we can move the ball the more we can keep their offense off the field.

Q:  What has been their biggest difference for them the past couple of games?

“When you watch them they are really flying around to the ball, but even when they were giving up a bunch of points we watched them on film and you really don’t see a whole lot of big plays. We normally watch cut-ups, which is only third downs or a certain formation, but they have looked really good to me throughout even when they were giving up points.  I’d imagine they were given some short fields and that happens.”

Q:  Talk about them missing Alonzo Highsmith and Tenarius Wright.

“Well they’ve got a lot of depth so I don’t know how it’ll affect them.  Highsmith is a really good player and he can really run around.  I’m sure they’ve got somebody who can step in and do a really good job for them.”

Q:  How has their secondary looked?

“They’ve given up some big plays, but again that was early and the last couple of weeks they’ve really settled in and only given up a touchdown a game.”

Q:  What’s their aggression level?

“They are about a 30 percent blitz, which is about normal.  It’s not overzealous or anything, but when they do they really bring some different looks that we’ve had to put a lot of work into.  Stuff we haven’t really seen yet.”

Q:  Do you worry coming off a bye week that the offense will take a little while to get back into that rhythm?

“We don’t look at it that way.  We look it at just some time to get a little extra work so hopefully we’ll be even sharper.”

Q:  Do you see a few things on their defense that you feel like you’ll be able to attack?

“We always try to find things.  They are sound and well coached so it’s not like we can say we know that we are going to be able to do this, but as the game goes on hopefully you run a few plays and say that guy is cheating on way or another and come back with something else. It’s a constant chess match during the game.”

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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