Paul Jackson: The Leftovers

By John Davis, Oxford Citizen

IMG_2969Paul Jackson, the head strength and conditioning coach at Ole Miss, sat down with me before summer drills started and highlighted the improvements made by the football team.

The 25-minute conversation turned into a two-part series for the Citizen, but there were still a few items I didn’t get around to publishing, until now.

One of the players Jackson was very high on was wide receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow, who is coming to Oxford from the University of Washington.

Stringfellow’s name was in the news this past week when Nebraska coach Bo Pelini made disparaging remarks about his mother and the fact that Stringfellow, who appeared headed to Nebraska in June, wasn’t going to be wearing red and white in the future.

Jackson compared Stringfellow to former Rebel standout Donte Moncrief, who is now playing with the Indianapolis Colts. He is listed on the roster as 6-foot-3, 229 pounds, and Jackson added his weight was solid.

“Donte and Damore’ea both look like linebackers, they’re thick guys, but he’s a little harder than Donte,” Jackson said. “In his jersey, he will look like Donte, but he is more muscled up than Donte. Damore’ea is a stud, he is the real deal. He is a big, physical kid. When you grab him, his traps and his upper back, he’s just a big kid.”

Jackson said that Stringfellow, who caught 20 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown as a Husky in 2013, showed up out of shape, but in just a month, he was right back in line.

“He only got here in summer two, but the improvements he made in four weeks, unreal,” Jackson said. “When you get those type of kids, the special ones, and it only takes a month and they’re in great shape, that’s just God given. That’s recruiting there.”

Stringfellow has yet to be cleared by the NCAA to play this season. Per transfer rules, he would have to miss the 2014 season, unless he and Ole Miss can prove he should be playing this season through a waiver.

Another wide receiver who was highly recruited that Jackson said is that much better than he was as a freshman is Laquon Treadwell, who finished with 72 receptions last season. Treadwell, who Jackson said was just under 6-3, is going through camp at 230 pounds, but Jackson said it’s all lean weight.

“Laquon is awesome and to be honest, I didn’t like Laquon at first. The way he carries himself, you could think he was arrogant if you met him for the first time,” Jackson said. “He’s a hard worker, and he wants to be a leader on the team. He pushes guys all the time. He just brings it everyday. I just respect his work ethic so much. Obviously, his skill set is unbelievable. He’s just a big, physical guy. His conditioning is just impeccable. He may be 230, but he will out-run little guys.”

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Killer_Beeze

    Good report PA. I can’t wait to see some of the new guys in action…like Sammie Epps, Dayall Harris,etc. Coach Freeze made a good hire with the addition of Paul Jackson. Strength translates into wins IMO.

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