Every Monday, The SEC Blog will feature an assistant coach in the SEC. This week, we take a look at Ole Miss defensive coordinator Dave Wommack.
If you're looking for the coordinator with the toughest job in 2012, you may want to look in the direction of Dave Wommack, new associate head coach for defense/defensive coordinator for the Ole Miss Rebels.
The Rebels followed up a season in which they finished 11th in the SEC in total defense (399.2 YPG) in 2010 with an even worse campaign in 2011 that saw them finish dead last in the SEC in total defense (419.3 YPG).
In addition to the history of bad defense, Ole Miss lost linebacker D.T. Shackelford for the second straight season after complications from an ACL tear. And it also recently lost safety Charles Sawyer for four to six weeks with a torn quadricep.
Wommack has been around the block a time or two, so he knows what it takes to be successful.
He has only been a part of staffs that have coached in 18 bowl games and has made stops in the SEC at Arkansas (1979-82, 2001-04) and South Carolina (2005-06). He has recently served in the defensive coordinator role at Arkansas State (2010-11) and Georgia Tech (2008-09).
His first year at Arkansas State wasn't anything to write home about. His Red Wolves finished last in the Sun Belt in total defense, giving up 437.8 yards per game. But things changed in 2011, when the Red Wolves finished with the Sun Belt's second-best defense (331.5 YPG).
He brings his version of a multiple 4-3 defense to Ole Miss, which will be similar to the the one that South Carolina uses (with a hybrid safety/linebacker).
It may take some time, but Ole Miss fans hope that the same system will garner the same results in Oxford sooner rather than later.