The “sweet spot” for the no-huddle offense is 10 seconds, offensive tackle Fahn Cooper says.
A senior in his second year as the starting right tackle after transferring from Bowling Green and a junior college, Cooper estimates that the Rebels’ offensive line has lost more than 200 collective pounds.
Redshirt freshman Jordan Sims is the poster child for Ole Miss weight loss, having trimmed down by almost 60 pounds since arriving on campus.
In addition to carrying extra weight Cooper was learning a new scheme and new surroundings last year. And he didn’t have the benefit of signing in December and going through spring drills.
Cooper says he’s dropped about 25 pounds and is at an even 300 right now.
“I’d never been that heavy before. I was still working hard, but after the season was when I really thought about it. I felt like I could be a much better player if I could get my weight back down.”
He has, and he believes the line’s commitment to weight loss will make the tempo offense more efficient.
The Rebels have often hit that 10-second snap goal in camp, Cooper says.
“We try to get it 10 seconds or less between plays. We get it 10 or 11, sometimes nine. A lot of time other stuff comes into play too, switching plays, and stuff like that. If we get around 10 seconds we’ll be in good shape. I just know we watch the film and time it, and with good no-huddle offenses, if you watch other teams, 10 seconds is usually the sweet spot, and the offense goes real smooth,” he said.
Junior college transfer quarterback Chad Kelly, battling with Ryan Buchanan and DeVante Kincade for the starting job, appears to be handling the tempo well.
“He’s handled it well. He helps push the tempo. He and the center are like two of the most important pieces in getting that tempo to run fast, (the center) getting hands on the ball, getting lined up, getting set up. He’s (Chad) always, ‘Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go’ making the calls and getting everybody set up. He has a sense of urgency to him that helps us out a lot.”