Wommack’s advantage

It’s been mentioned that having extra time to prepare for the Georgia Tech option is an advantage.

It is, but for Ole Miss that time is rapidly slipping away. When you factor in a Christmas break for a Dec. 30 bowl game you have little more than an open date once finals are complete.

That was this past Friday, and that’s when Ole Miss got back on the field for two closed practice sessions. No doubt a lot of heavy lifting for the game plan took place then.

Today’s practice is at 2:45, and it’s open to media. I’ll have an update here afterward.

Extra practice for anyone’s offense is always welcome. The advantage Ole Miss will have here is Dave Wommack. The Rebels’ defensive coordinator spent two years with Paul Johnson — the 2008 and 2009 seasons — at Georgia Tech. The first year was pretty good, the second wasn’t, and there was a mutual parting of the ways.

That option offense hasn’t changed. The personnel will be different, but Wommack will have a good idea of tendencies.

The offensive line coach, Mike Sewak, was on staff at Tech with Wommack. Both arrived for Johnson’s first season.

Quarterbacks coach Bryan Cook is in his first year, but Johnson serves as his own offensive coordinator. Two other members of Johnson’s staff also go back to his first season.

Wommack’s familiarity

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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