OXFORD – Experience on offense has paid off in the way that unit has looked the first three practices. Ole Miss offensive coordinator Dan Werner was very upbeat about what he saw from the veterans, including quarterback Bo Wallace.
“Everything looks good. We are so far ahead from where we have been the last two years. We have so many guys coming, not only at my position, but everywhere,” Werner said.
Wallace has shown more strength compared to this time last year, of course the key is him being able to sustain it throughout the season.
“It’s like two different players, he’s so far ahead,” Werner said of Wallace. “Last year at this time, he was barely coming off rehab. Now, he’s not only done with that, but he’s worked to get his normal strength and then some. He’s gained some weight and gotten bigger. He can’t wait for the season.”
Dave Wommack, the Rebels’ defensive coordinator, was also upbeat about the early practices, and how the newcomers have taken to the team, which has improved overall depth.
“We have some real depth now and we would be thin in a couple of spots if we got the wrong guy hurt,” Wommack said. “But it’s so much better than what it’s been in the past. The talent level is really up.”
Wommack said that linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche, who is suspended for the opener, was getting sparing reps in practice.
“He’s trying to do things the right way, and has,” Wommack said. “His back has been to the wall, but he’s done a good job of saying and doing the right things, both on and off the field. I’ve been pleased with him right now.”