The absence of Laquon Treadwell will require Ole Miss wide receivers to compensate in a number of areas.
Treadwell did a lot of things, but his receiver teammates, not thought to be a particularly deep group in August, has achieved alongside him.
It will be interesting to see how Hugh Freeze approaches the inside screen that Treadwell did so well. It was the play on which he nearly scored a potential game-winning touchdown against Auburn, the one on which he was injured.
All the receivers say they call can run that play. As JD and I discussed previously, Quincy Adeboyejo looks like a really good fit on that play. It’s an easy catch, and that’s where he was struggling in camp, consistently catching the football.
Drops have not been an apparent problem for Adeboyejo this season, but opportunities have. When he didn’t win the slot job in camp Cody Core took hold of it. Core had a break-out game against Boise State and hasn’t let up.
Vince Sanders looks like the favorite to take Treadwell’s spot as the primary option. How he handles being the primary focus of opposing defenses remains to be seen, but he’s up for the challenge.
Freeze calls Sanders one of the most “underrated” players in the SEC and believes he’ll handle things fine. He says Sanders was winning one-on-ones against Auburn and was actually targeted a few more times but they couldn’t get the ball to him.
Sanders talks about his new role here: