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Rebel offense prepares for talented Georgia defense

The Ole Miss offense will get a big test on Saturday as it faces one of the most talented defenses in the country in Georgia, and co-offensive Dan Werner knows they will be in for a battle.
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After Saturday’s game against Arkansas, the Georgia-Florida football game was playing on the TV in the bus on the way back to Oxford. 
 
It’s safe to say that Ole Miss co-offensive coordinator Dave Werner didn’t like what he saw. 
 
“Let me put it to you this way: After about 15 minutes of watching it, I pulled out the laptop and decided to start grading our film,” Werner said. “I just did not want to watch any more of that because they were shutting down the No. 2 or 3 team in the country at that time. They’re obviously pretty good.”
 
In fact, Werner said that it may have been the best he’s seen the Georgia defense play so far this season. 
 
“Last week, they probably played their best game of the season defensively,” he said. “They look like they’re clicking on all cylinders right now. They run a lot of different schemes that give you problems, and they’re going to mess with your protections.”
 
Injury update
 
The Rebels have yet another defensive player who isn’t healthy at the moment, as senior linebacker Aaron Garbutt was hospitalized with flu-like symptoms. 
 
“We had an issue with Aaron Garbutt and his health,” head coach Hugh Freeze said. “It’s just sickness; he’s dehydrated, and we put him in the hospital today, so not sure of his status.”
 
Sophomore defensive back Senquez Golson still has not been cleared to practice and continues to undergo concussion tests. 
 
“Senquez hasn’t been released yet, so it’s getting late in the week,” he said. “We’re going to have to play a lot of young kids; we’ll throw them in the fire and see how they do.”
 
Freshman defensive tackle Issac Gross was limited with a sore groin, but “he’ll be ready to go,” according to Freeze. 
 
Freeze talks 30 for 30
 
The ESPN documentary “Ghosts of Ole Miss,” part of the “30 for 30” series, aired Tuesday night. The subject was the integration of Ole Miss in 1962 by James Meredith and the undefeated Ole Miss football season during that time.
 
“It was a powerful display of what really happened 50 years ago, and thank God that we’ve moved way beyond that, and we can be one family here at The University of Mississippi,” he said. “I’ve coached here three years, going on four, and not one time has a single kid come to me with any issue that they’ve had in that regard on our campus.
 
“It’s part of the history of not just North Mississippi, but also the South. It’s not a time that anyone is proud of, and we’re glad we’ve moved past that.”
 
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