This slot receiver “battle” is worth keeping an eye on.
Battle is the word Bo Wallace used, though Hugh Freeze downplayed it and said both Quincy Adeboyejo and Cody Core will play.
Freeze: “You can call that a competition, but as soon as one runs a route the other one’s coming in. Cody’s had a little more consistent camp with everything that’s asked of you there, but we’re excited about the year Quincy could have also.”
Freeze has been at times volcano-like in his praise for the fast and athletic Adeboyejo this month but always with a caveat: He’d like to see Adeboyejo catch the ball more consistently.
When you have a guy who’s extremely athletic there are probably some things you can overlook to get him on the field. I wouldn’t think pass-catching is one of those things if your position is wide receiver.
Core and Adeboyejo were sharing first-team reps today.
“Cody Core and Quincy, they’re battling,” said Wallace, adding that he’s seen increased confidence in Core, a junior who has five catches over two years.
“He’s just got that confidence. This is his third year. He knows the speed of the game. He’s confident. We have him learning both inside and out. He knows he’s going to play so he has to perform every single day,” Wallace said.
Adeboyejo had seven catches for 81 yards and had a 24-yard touchdown catch against Troy last year. He came out of spring drills No. 1 at the slot receiver.
The Rebels have proven talent at the wide spots in Laquon Treadwell and Vince Sanders.
The story line for this group from the first day of camp has been depth, and the freshmen – Markell Pack, Dayall Harris and Sammie Epps – have been prime candidates to provide some of that.
“Pack and Sammie … they still have stuff to learn. They’re great players and they can do a lot of good things for us, but they have to learn the offense,” Wallace said.
Wallace’s face seemed to light up when he mentioned transfer receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow. The NCAA will decide whether Wallace ever throws a game-day pass to Stringellow. If the NCAA doesn’t grant the waiver that Ole Miss has requested for both he and offensive lineman Christian Morris, it will be next year’s quarterback passing to Stringfellow.
Freeze said he was hoping for an update on those waiver requests today or later this week.
“Stringfellow, if he can get that waiver that’s huge. He’s a game-breaker for us. If we can get Stringfellow we’re perfectly there,” Wallace said.