Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze wasn’t shy last week in saying that the Auburn loss was one that lingered a little bit.
It didn’t appear to linger a whole week. Playing an FCS opponent helped with moving forward, but the Rebels came out of the gate aggressive and for the most part efficient.
Offensive coordinator Dan Werner said the healing process began the Sunday following the emotional loss that included the season-ending injury to wide receiver Laquon Treadwell.
While the loss lingered for even Freeze he had a big part, as head coaches do, in moving on. Auburn wasn’t the first close, emotional loss for Ole Miss. The Rebels have now lost back-to-back SEC games by a combined seven points. Game-turning plays against LSU as well as Auburn came in the final seconds.
“It (healing) started Sunday when we came in here and had our team meeting. Coach Freeze is magical when it comes to talking to the team and making them understand what’s important and what’s not. There’s nothing you can do about what’s happened so you move one, you get better, and we did that,” Werner said.
That morning followed what for some players was a night at Treadwell’s hospital bedside.
Backup quarterback DeVante Kincade is Treadwell’s roommate and close friend.
When I got to the hospital it was about 3 in the morning. He was shocked that he didn’t score the touchdown. The whole time I was at the hospital that was all he talked about. ‘I can’t believe I didn’t score. I thought I scored, I thought I scored.’ I told him, ‘It’s going to be all right. God does everything for a reason. There’s a reason this happened to you. You’re a big impact on people’s lives,’” Kincade said.