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November 15, 2012

Notes: Werner worried about Tigers' speed


Ole Miss linebacker Joel Kight discusses the Rebels' Saturday date with LSU.

OXFORD, Miss. -- LSU has a typical Southeastern Conference defense, Ole Miss offensive coordinator Dan Werner said earlier this week.

You know - big, strong, fast, physical, tough.

There's just one caveat, though: The Tigers' defense is faster than most.

"If you look at their front four, I can't remember the last time I remember that much speed, those guys coming off the edges," Werner said. "It's not just the first team. It's the second-team team. Everybody has speed - their whole team. That's the biggest concern - how fast and how athletic they are. Off the edge, they'll get those guys out wide in a passing formation and get you off the edge with a four-man rush."

The eighth-ranked Tigers (8-2 overall, 4-2 in the SEC) play host to Ole Miss (5-5, 2-4) Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Baton Rouge. The Rebels have struggled in recent weeks running the football but are coming off a 403-yard passing performance in a 27-26 loss to Vanderbilt this past Saturday in Oxford. The Tigers' secondary, Werner said, is as dangerous as LSU's front.

"You'd better be accurate," Werner said. "It's not like when you have a couple of feet on (a defender) and you throw it in there a little behind them and you get away with it. Against these guys you can't. They're going to intercept it."

Ole Miss will be without tight end Ferbia Allen, who injured a knee in the loss to Vanderbilt. Jamal Mosley, who has been hampered by a lingering injury all season, will start. Converted fullback H.R. Greer will back up Mosley.

"We can still use some of our two-tight end packages, but it definitely thins it out a little bit, so we're definitely going to have to go with some more three-wides or some four-wides," Werner said. "(Greer) has done good. We don't put their hands on the ground much anyway. We call them tight ends, but we move them around in the backfield so it's sort of a hybrid of a tight end/fullback. He's done good with it."


Ole Miss co-defensive coordinator/cornerbacks coach Wesley McGriff meets with the media.


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