Soon after the Rebels began full-contact work we visited with cornerbacks coach Jason Jones.
I asked him how Laquon Treadwell was handling contact, and he had this to say:
“We’ve had some collisions. He’s been on the ground, and he’ll pop back up, talk trash and get ready for the next play, so he’s definitely back to his old self.”
Receivers coach Grant Heard found his way to interviews last week and, much deeper into camp, gave another solid report about how his star receiver is handling contact.
“I haven’t seen anything different out of him. He’s still big, strong Treadwell that we all know. He’s still tough to bring down. He knows how to use his size.”
A junior and projected first-round draft pick next spring, Treadwell spent the off-season working his way back from a broken fibula and dislocated ankle suffered in the 35-31 loss to Auburn last Nov. 1. Both teams were ranked in the College Football Playoff Committee’s top four at the time.
Optimism for Treadwell’s return began to build before spring ball as he occasionally shared videos of how his rehab was progressing.
He has maintained that he’s not only healed but that he will return in better physical shape than before the injuries because of weight loss.
It’s all sounded good for a team and fan base wanting very much to believe that Treadwell is back.
There’s no way to know for sure before Treadwell takes a few SEC licks at game speed, and there will be soreness after games, but every step along the way has made it look like the Rebels will indeed have their top offensive playmaker at full speed when things kick off.