Despite a difficult schedule in 2014, Ole Miss could pose a real threat in the SEC West this fall. The freshman phenoms are back for Year 2, and quarterback Bo Wallace, who threw for 3,346 yards a year ago, is the league’s top returning passer.
We caught up with co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Dan Werner to see how the Rebels progressed during the spring and where they’re at offensively.
How’d you believe the offense came along during spring practice?
Werner: The thing that I’m really pleased about is our depth at basically all positions other than the offensive line. We’re a little thin there. But we have two backup quarterbacks that are going to battle it out that we feel good about. We’ve got three or four running backs that we feel good about. Probably four or five to six wide receivers along with some young guys coming in, true freshmen we feel like can help. I feel like we’re at a much better spot now than we were last year and definitely than the year before.
How about wide receiver? How do you replace a guy like Donte Moncrief?
Werner: Laquon Treadwell, who played the slot for us last year as a true freshman, has moved outside to take Donte [Moncrief's] place and really looked good in the spring. I feel like he could be a dominant guy out there. Vince Sanders was banged up most of the spring, but he had a great year last year so we know he’s going to be a player. We just have to get him back healthy, which he is now. Quincy Adeboyejo had a really good spring. [He’s] another kid who was a true freshman last year -- saw some playing time, not a whole lot, but really came on by the end of the year and had a really good spring. Then we’ve got a bunch of backups that played well, along with the young guys coming in.
In a league with a lot of new faces at quarterback, how nice is it to have Bo back?
Werner: It’s big. Last year at this time, he was still coming off his surgery, so we weren’t even sure how he was going to be able to throw. The year before that, he hadn’t even won the job yet. So even though he’s been a two-year starter going on his third year, this is the first year that he’s really come in knowing he’s the guy. Instead of learning or trying to work on his throwing, we’re taking it to that next-level stuff.