Rebels to go young at receiver

OleMissLogoBy Parrish Alford
Daily Journal

OXFORD – Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze has raved about his freshman wide receivers, and their importance keeps growing in magnitude.

Freeze said Wednesday that senior Korvic Neat had surgery on his knee Tuesday and is expected to be out about four weeks.

Neat, who had 25 catches for 257 yards last season, had been running second team at the slot receiver.

He becomes the second experienced wide out to go down for an injury that will cost multiple games.

Junior Vince Sanders, the team’s second-leading receiver last year, sustained a broken collarbone on the second day of practice. He’s expected to be back by the Sept. 28 game at Alabama.

“You always hate to lose somebody, but the next guy has to step up. We’ve got enough people in that room that can make plays. We’ll be ready when we get to Nashville,” wide receivers coach Grant Heard said.

When Sanders went down senior Ja-Mes Logan moved from the slot receiver to outside. That opened the door for freshman Laquon Treadwell to move into the slot with the first team, a position he’s held since that time.

Logan says he’s not concerned about the depth as the season opener draws closer.

“Depth-wise we’ve got what we need. They’re ready at all times,” he said.

Freeze said he expects to snaps behind Treadwell to be filled by committee.

Senior Jordan Holder will get the first look, and junior Collins Moore, who played in only four games last year because of injuries to both shoulders, will help too.

Sophomore Cody Core and freshman Quincy Adeboyejo are expected to play at the wide spots, though their lack of experience could mean that Logan and Donte Moncrief play a little more than expected.

Adeboyejo drew praise from Freeze early in camp.

“He was real high at the beginning, and then he went through a little valley which is probably normal,” Freeze said. “He’s back on the upswing now along with Cody, and we’re going to need them both.”

Hopes for Treadwell
Freeze is hopeful that Treadwell, at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, doesn’t play like a freshman on opening night. Coaches would like to see Treadwell use his frame more to shield smaller opponents.

“I love his body. That’s a big dude. You don’t realize how big he is until you stand beside him,” Freeze said. “Being able to move him and Donte and Ja-Mes around, particularly in the red zone, will pay dividends for us.”

parrish.alford@journalinc.com