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Freeze completes staff with hiring of Werner

Hugh Freeze completed his staff for the 2012 season this morning with the announcement of Dan Werner as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Werner, who will share the co-offensive coordinator title with offensive line coach Matt Luke, returns to Ole Miss after a three-year stint as the head football coach at North Delta Academy where Werner went 27-7 overall. Werner worked alongside Freeze at Ole Miss under former coach Ed Orgeron in 2006 and 2007.

Werner has a successful track record developing quarterbacks and coordinating productive offenses. Prior to his time at Ole Miss, Werner was the offensive coordinator at the University of Miami where he Werner helped lead the Hurricanes to eight bowls, four national championship games and three national titles during his combined eight seasons.

He also played an integral part in the development of several of the Hurricanes’ greatest QBs, including 2001 Maxwell Award winner Ken Dorsey, 1992 Heisman Trophy winner Gino Torreta.

Over his last five seasons at Miami, Hurricane quarterbacks threw for more than 14,500 yards and 114 touchdowns.

“There are few quarterback coaches in the nation with as proven a track record as Dan Werner,” Freeze said. “With his experience and our familiarity, he will provide tremendous leadership for our team.”

In his first stint in Oxford, Werner’s offense fueled BenJarvus Green-Ellis to a record-breaking two-year run. The future NFL running back became only the second player in school history to reach the 1,000-yard single-season mark twice, and he ended his tenure No. 5 on the Rebels’ career rushing list.

As quarterbacks coach, Werner developed Seth Adams from a walk-on to the SEC’s seventh-ranked passer with 1,979 yards in 2007. Along with the appointment of Werner and the announcement on Luke, Freeze has named linebackers coach Tom Allen as special teams coordinator. (January 13, 2012, Page 6A)

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