Not long before spring drills began Laquon Treadwell posted a video to social media showing he and teammate Denzel Nkemdiche running in a straight line at a fast pace on the indoor practice field.
It was easy to look at that video and think things had gone and were going really well with Treadwell’s rehab from gruesome leg and ankle injuries sustained as he was inches from scoring a likely winning touchdown against Auburn in early November.
In fact things have gone well, but the rehab is not complete. Treadwell said he never questioned that he’d return, but it’s been fairly recent that he really got excited about how close he might be to turning loose.
“It was not even a month ago. When I got to jumping around and moving and being mobile, working out with the guys. It kept me focused and wanting to get back out there,” he said.
Now Treadwell describes himself as 80 percent back. He’s running routes “against air” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze says but has not been inserted into team drills yet.
Freeze says there’s still ground for Treadwell to cover, and he doesn’t expect his star wide receiver to be 100 percent back before the summer.
“I’m no doctor, but everybody who has any wisdom in that tells me everything looks great. Laquon says he feels good. I think when he gets into summer workouts he’ll get to feeling more confident when he starts to run and jump and move more. He’s not doing a lot of that right now.”