OXFORD – It’s one thing to shine in an individual drill, another to do so when the heat is on with all 11 defensive players.
Ole Miss freshman receiver Laquon Treadwell did both in the Rebels’ camp on Tuesday.
It was a good day in the passing game for Ole Miss, though coach Hugh Freeze would like to see his offense start faster than what he’s seeing right now. Much of the offensive success – not all of it – came with a short field.
“When it’s red zone stuff the offense should win most of that,” Freeze said.
“Offensively, we’re not coming out consistently and taking care of the ball enough or moving the chains enough.”
Tuesday was the first day in full gear for Ole Miss, but Freeze only added thigh pads to what the team was already wearing. Full contact periods will be managed carefully.
Treadwell, rated the No. 1 wide receiver in the country out of Crete, Ill., last year, was guarded closely when he had a couple of touchdown grabs in a skeleton drill on crisp, accurate passes from freshman quarterback Devante Kincade.
Later he dove to catch a 20-yard touchdown pass from Barry Brunetti.
“Laquon had a real good day. He’s starting to understand things more,” Freeze said.
Treadwell has been running second team at the slot receiver. Freshman Quincy Adeboyejo is running second team at one of the outside spots.
“We’re going to slow things down for them, he and Quincy both. We’re looking at them as having to play,” Freeze said. “When you install something new every day it’s tough on a kid. Both of them will get more confident. I think you saw some of that today with Laquon.”
The Rebels’ injury list didn’t grow Tuesday, nor did it shrink.
Defensive end Carlos Thompson, who took a hit to the head on Monday, was held out of the morning workout and observed further for concussion symptoms in the afternoon.
Defensive end C.J. Johnson, coming back from a broken leg, is gradually being worked back into practice.
Offensive tackle Pierce Burton is expected back today, but guard Patrick Junen remains out.