Freshmen Impress

Freshman wide receiver LaQuon Treadwell is making his presence known more at every practice. Today was likely his best day yet, according to Hugh Freeze.



"He's just getting more comfortable," the Ole Miss head coach said. "Quincy also made some good plays. The more comfortable they get, the faster they feel like they can play. I think they see now how they are vital to us and how they fit into things. They both had good days."

Freeze said Treadwell has settled in nicely after a so-so start to camp.

"The guy's so physically strong and he's a good leader. To be candid I wasn't sure the first few days, and that was probably from some nerves or anxiousness, but I wasn't really sure if he was just pure. I knew he was good. But I think he's better than all of us thought."

Overall, Freeze was pleased with his team's day overall.

"It was a good day. Good day. Good work. Pushing through. I thought they responded pretty decent in that last drive period."

That last drive consisted of some catches by Treadwell, one for a touchdown. Freeze has been waiting for the offense to pick it up a bit. It appears to have done so on this day.

"I thought there were some better things there. I'm looking forward to watching film on it to see," he said, as the Rebels are in day eight of preseason camp.

Freeze said the offense has indeed picked it up, and he even called out his offensive coaches a bit, at least how they started Friday morning's practice.


Laquon Treadwell
Ben Garrett

"I thought our offensive coaches came out a little flat," he said, candidly. "They picked it up to match the defensive guys about halfway through. And it made our practice a lot better. We've got to do our job, too. Every day. You can't take a day off just because it's camp time."

Freeze said they would evaluate everything today and tonight and decided on a format for what is currently scheduled to be a scrimmage Saturday morning.

"We really haven't thought about it yet. I'll sit down and look at last year's and mostly go by that. Certainly there will be some situations, some coming out, some red zone stuff. There will be some drives like that also."

But the goals for Saturday are already decided – and crystal clear, according to Freeze.

"Take care of the ball, like we did there (in the scoring drive period of Friday's practice)," he said. "Stay on schedule like we did there. Good things usually happen when you do that. Defensively, just continue to pursue it like crazy, like they're doing. And to be even more sound. They're giving up some cheap stuff when they get a little tired. Their eyes get bad, and they gave us some easy throws and catches there that resulted in some nice plays for us. They've been pursuing it like crazy, so I don't have any complaints with that. But just to be more sound with what we're doing."

Freeze said quarterback Devante Kincade continues to progress and he's anxious to see film on his progress.

"I think he had a decent day. I really can't remember it all. I'll watch the film. But I know I'm really excited about him. I think he's going to be a really good player. He studies hard and works hard. He wants to be a leader."

Random Notes:

* Four-star LB Nyles Morgan was in attendance for today's practice. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Morgan, who is rated the No. 4 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com, will be in town until tomorrow night on an unofficial visit.

* As noted above, Kincade continues to impress. During "Red Ball" drills - first team offense vs. first team defense, etc. - Wallace made a poor decision, a recurring theme in fall camp, drawing the ire of Freeze. Freeze called for Kincade, who promptly completed a 15-yardish pass to Treadwell on the next play.

* More often than not over the last week, the Rebel defense has gotten the better of its offensive counterpart. However, on Friday, Freeze said the offense showed some signs of life. "Nice to see the offense get on track," he said, "and put a few in the end zone."


Robert Conyers
Ben Garrett

* Ole Miss will hold a game-like scrimmage Saturday at 12:15 p.m. inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

* On the injury front, Issac Gross has "a conference call" with doctors this afternoon to update his progress. Freeze feels good about where the sophomore defensive tackle stands in his rehab from a sports hernia, though his status for Vanderbilt is still questionable. Add freshman running back Mark Dodson to the list of walking wounded. He was in street clothes today due to a thigh bruise.

* As for Charles Sawyer, the target date for his return to practice is Aug. 20. By then, Ole Miss should have a good idea of whether or not he'll be a go for Vanderbilt. If you remember, Sawyer had off-season rotator cuff and meniscus surgeries. He's been limited to very few reps so far, replaced in the starting lineup by senior Dehendret Collins.

* Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Robert Conyers is being rotated between tackle and center this fall, a move Conyers said was prompted by OL coach Matt Luke in the summer. "Coming in, Coach Luke told me to be ready to play anything," he said. "Coach Luke told me to just start snapping this summer, and I worked with (starting center) Evan Swindall, getting it right. Now it's time to step up, start playing a little bit." Conyers was mixed in with the second team at times Friday.


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