Heard’s take on wide receiver blocking

It’s hard to get good stuff out of Ole Miss wide receivers coach Grant Heard, but the beat writer group was fairly successful with that Tuesday afternoon.

Laquon Treadwell took pride in his blocking, which was somewhat unusual for wide receivers. Part of yesterday’s discussion was about blocking among receivers moving forward.

Usually you’ll hear all coaches stress the importance of blocking at all times. Blocking by the skill guys can be a Kumbaya moment. Of course you’ve got to get in the way of defenders to help any play be successful, but running backs and receivers blocking also lets the skill guys show they are good teammates for the offensive linemen who don’t get the yards and touchdowns and therefore often do not get the same attention.

I gave Heard the opportunity to stress the importance of blocking by his players, but, apparently it’s not that important to Heard.

“Blocking is a want-to. It’s a matter of them putting their face in there and saying, My man is not going to make the play.’ There’s some technique stuff you can get, but it really comes down to a matter of want. The guys they’ll be blocking are probably bigger than they saw in high school. Once they get over that, the fact that they’re just as big, just as strong, they’ll be fine.”

So will average or sub-standard blocking keep any receiver out of the playing rotation?

“Depends on how many touchdowns they’re catching,” Heard said.

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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  • JB

    Lets get away from football for a change to something more interesting to me Rebel baseball. Arkansas comes to town this weekend Rebels do not want a recurrence of South Carolina event to take place, so :Ole Miss has won three of the past four series against Arkansas.

    The last time a series sweep occured between these two teams was 2009
    when the Rebels took all three games in Fayetteville to end the regular
    – No. 21 Arkansas marks the third ranked opponent Ole Miss has faced in as many weekends.
    – The Ole Miss bullpen holds a combined ERA of 2.01 to go along with nine saves and an 8-1 record.
    – Junior Colby Bortles leads the team with four three-RBI games.

    Ole Miss is outscoring opponents 36-15 in the first inning of games and
    holds a 13-2 record when scoring in the opening frame.
    – Sophomore Tate Blackman has reached base in 15 consecutive games.
    – Junior J.B. Woodman is hitting .577 (15-for-26) with runners in scoring position.
    – With 18 career saves, closer Wyatt Short is tied with Scott Bittle for fourth all time at Ole Miss.
    – Head coach Mike Bianco is one of nine coaches in history to win at least 600 games at an SEC school.

    • Killer_Beeze

      Good stuff JB. Hope the Rebels continue their winning streak of two. LOL

  • JB

    Yesterdays Game and a very good and exciting one:Behind seven scoreless innings from ace Brady Bramlett,
    No. 14 Ole Miss won its third straight game by taking the series opener
    over No. 21 Arkansas 7-3 Friday night in front of 9,051 at Swayze
    Field. Bramlett tied his career high with 12 strikeouts in a season-long
    outing to give the Rebels (23-7, 4-6 SEC) the Southeastern Conference

    Bramlett’s 12 strikeouts marked the fourth time in his
    career the redshirt junior has reached double digits. Bramlett allowed
    only three Razorback hits and issued one walk, retiring 16 batters in a
    row at one point.

    Ole Miss also had a successful night at the
    plate, chalking up 11 hits. Seven of the Rebels hits occurred with
    runners in scoring position. Three hitters earned multi-hit games,
    including Henri Lartigue, Colby Bortles and Errol Robinson.
    Lartigue went 3-for-4 on the evening, tallying one run and one RBI.
    Bortles and Robinson had two hits apiece. Both of Bortles hits were
    doubles, bringing his season total to a team-leading 13. Robinson
    continued his hot hitting by recording his third straight multi-hit

  • JB

    Todays game coming on on ESPN streaming via computer and The SEC TV netwirk, tun in to another exciting Rebel baseball game.

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