String’s good days

Camp coverage in 2015 requires a stronger sense of hearing than sense of vision.

We’re not seeing much so we have to listen closely.

The most interesting thing I heard from Hugh Freeze today was his assessment of transfer wide receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow.

Called String by Freeze and his teammates, the Washington transfer – as were all wide receivers not named Laquon Treadwell – was challenged by the head coach for a lack of consistency during spring drills.

I wrote about that here last week and in Sunday’s Daily Journal.

Today Freeze said, “We’ve had two really good days from String, which is really pleasing.”

And this: “I’ve been in String’s ear, not just after spring. But again, I want to be clear before you guys print anything, when I do that, it’s because expectations should be more since a player is gifted. What kind of father or coach would I be to not challenge you on issues that would keep you from being your best? I’m not talking in a demeaning way. ‘I want you to achieve everything you can, and I think there’s more. Here’s why I think you’re not there, and I want to help you get there.’ If I see one of my children or one of these players stepping out of line in something that will help them be their best, I’m not made to turn my head. That’s not who I am.”

Stringfellow may be beginning to show glimpses of the player Freeze believes he can be.

“I think he’s a big, strong, and a very difficult matchup in 1-on-1. He’s very similar to Laquon. The throw does not have to be perfect, and he doesn’t have to be wide open. He’s so big and physical that he makes the catch, and he’s made three or four of those yesterday and today.”

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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