By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Cody Core knows the score.
The rising sophomore feels himself developing and getting better. He also sees the talent that will be joining the Ole Miss wide receivers in August.
“There’s going to be a lot of competition, and when camp starts, everything is open. There’s no first string, second string … none of that,” Core said. “They’re going to come in and work just like we’re going to come in and work.”
LaQuon Treadwell, the No. 1 wide receiver prospect, is among five receivers who will join the team this summer.
The Rebels conclude spring football with the Grove Bowl today at 1 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Admission is free.
With most starters returning on both sides of the ball, spring has been about developing depth.
That’s been especially true at receiver, where Core has been one of few scholarship backups able to get in meaningful work the last few weeks.
“I’m better than I was last year. I can say that, just from watching film, getting in the weight room and getting the little things right, knowing where the defensive backs will be on certain routes, how they will cheat and how to get around that,” he said.
Core played in 13 games, mostly on special teams. He caught one pass.
At the outset of spring Freeze talked about the possibility of moving Core to safety, another position where he’s trying to build depth.
But Core didn’t sign off on the move.
“They talked to me about it,” he said. “I was like, ‘Let’s see how spring goes.’”
Spring has gone just OK for the receivers.
Donte Moncrief, the team’s leading receiver, has missed most of spring with ankle injury. Others have also missed time, as has starting quarterback Bo Wallace while recovering from shoulder surgery. He is expected to be ready in August. Spring reps have been divided mostly between Barry Brunetti and Maikhail Miller.
Many of the players fans will see catching passes today won’t be in the top group in the regular season.
“We don’t have any depth. None,” Freeze said. “We’re just beat up there.”
When Freeze talks about his heralded signing class, he doesn’t mention redshirts often.
He singles out Treadwell and Quincy Adeboyjo among his incoming receivers and says it’s possible all four freshman offensive linemen could play.
Even though he’ll return Wallace and an experienced backup in Brunetti, it’s not certain that either of his four-star quarterback signees, Ryan Buchanan or Devante Kincade, will redshirt.