Ole Miss in the Middle of the Fall Camp Grind
Aug. 20, 2016

By Dylan Edwards, OleMissSports.com

OXFORD, Miss. - 
The Rebels completed a second week of the fall camp grind on Saturday and are just over two weeks away from the highly anticipated showdown with Florida State. However, the Rebels are still in the portion of camp that’s more about improving themselves than focusing in-depth on their opponent.

“I feel really good about the offense,” offensive coordinator Dan Werner said. “With the success we had last year and all those guys leaving, the younger guys took it upon themselves to step up and make this thing right. So far, they’ve worked really hard in the offseason. They’re in great shape and they’re locked in mentally.”

Offensive line is a position that commonly is scrutinized. While left tackle is still not set in stone, it appears like Ole Miss has found a strong foundation at the other four spots with Javon Patterson, Robert Conyers, Jordan Sims and Sean Rawlings.

“It’s coming together,” Werner said. “We’re moving guys around a little bit just to see who’s going to fit where. We’ve got to come up with about eight to 10 guys that can go through a game. Right now guys are really battling.”

Ole Miss will be without junior Jordan Wilkins this season, however other guys on the depth chart have an opportunity to step up at the running back position.

“They’re battling,” Werner said. “When you have so much depth, a lot of players’ mindset is that I’m not going to be able to compete here and I need to go somewhere else. Our guys stuck it out and are battling. They’re going to get their chance.”

In a scrimmage last week, Ole Miss’ defense let the offense get the better of them through the first half of play. Since then, the defense has rebounded.

“I think we’ve made a lot of progress, especially in the last week,” defensive coordinator Dave Wommack said. “I was disappointed in the first half of the scrimmage last week. We didn’t tackle well. We didn’t chase the ball very well. We’ve emphasized those points and guys are starting to fit things better. Some of the young players are coming along. We’re making progress.”

Ole Miss will have another scrimmage tomorrow that is not open to the media.

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