Dan Werner talks about run game, Vanderbilt

Ole Miss offensive coordinator Dan Werner …

(What’s been your take on the recent run struggles?)

A lot of it depends on who you’re playing. When you’re playing someone who’s really good against the run, obviously it’s tougher.

We are concerned. We’ve been working extra hard on it today (Tuesday) and for the next couple of days. We know that’s how you win football games is to run the football.

(As coaches, what do you do to regain the edge?)

We’ve just got to get our guys fired up and be positive with them. Let them know we know we can do it, because we’ve seen that we’ve done it.

You get in the middle of the season, it’s long. You can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel. That’s one thing we’ve talked about with them. There are three games left. We’ve been practicing since the first of August. We’re at the end of the tunnel. There’s the light so let’s get after it.

(What makes Vanderbilt effective on defense?)

They do a real good job. They don’t do a whole lot of different things, but what they do, they do really well. In their base they’ve got everything looking the same. They’ll show the same pre-snap read and have about four or five different defenses that run out of that.

(Are you satisfied with the personnel in the run game?)

We’re always looking to move people around and get in different formations, more formations thatn personnel groups. It’s not like certain people. Do we want to get in two tight ends, three wide receivers. Different things to show different looks.

(Did Georgia do something to take away Donte Moncrief?)

It was them taking him away. They definitely had a plan for him.

(What does Bo have to do to couneract Vanderbilt’s pre-snap read?)

As soon as the ball is snapped he’s got to know where to go with the football. He’s got to see those safeties. The safeties will start rotating to where they need to be, and we go the opposite way.

(Freshman running backs not getting snaps?)

In practice they look good, but you get into a game, and they’re all crucial plays. They just haven’t gotten a lot of snaps.

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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