String, Freeze Want More

Wide Receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow is having an acceptable spring training, but Coach Hugh Freeze expects more. And so does String.

Damore'ea Strinfellow transferred from Washington a year ago and sat out the 2014 season due to transfer rules.

All last season, he and freshman Dayall Harris, a redshirt in 2014, gave the Rebel defense fits as members of the offensive scout team.

At 6-3, 222 pounds, Stringfellow is an imposing figure out wide. In football terms, he's a load.

When spring rolled around, it was expected String, especially with Laquon Treadwell still sidelined, would take over.

According to Coach Hugh Freeze, that has not happened the way it was anticipated - yet.

"He's been inconsistent. I think the biggest thing is his learning curve - learning his routes and our calls and coverages. That has hampered him some to the point that sometimes he looks like he's holding back, going half speed," Freeze assessed. "He's shown flashes where he catches the ball and it takes two DBs to get him to the ground, but we need to see him come into August with a better understanding of what we are doing so he can turn it loose."

From Stringfellow's perspective, things are going 'ok.'

"It's a learning process," he said. "I wasn't in the offense much last year since I was on the scout team and this offense is nothing like the one I was in at Washington, so I have a lot to learn.

"I have to get used to the speed of the game, the tempo of this offense and getting everything down pat. It has made me hesitant at times. I have to get everything down so I can just go. This offense moves way faster than anything I have ever been in and it will take me time to adjust. I have a lot for room for improvement - route-running, catching the ball more consistently, and getting the little things down pat."

He's currently on a yo-yo - good one minute, not so much the next.

"I've had some ups and downs this spring, but I am not discouraged," he added. "I just have to get more focus and pay attention to detail more. I'll get it.

"I'm a physical receiver, that's my strength, and I've shown that at times this spring, but I need to show it more."

Demore'ea is being pushed from all angles, which is a good thing.

"The coaches are pushing me to get everything down and we have great competition in our wide receiver room," String noted. "It's a good room to be in. We are together and pull for each other, but we also get after each other when we mess up.

"We have the potential to be really good and deep. We have a bunch of really good players out wide. You can't take a play off with this group or you fall behind."

String also likes the leadership among the wide receiver, Mr. Treadwell.

"Laquon is a great leader. He knows what he's doing and what we are supposed to do and he pushes us on that path," noted Demore'ea.

Spring ball has not been exactly what Demore'ea Stringfellow had hoped for, but he's excited with the path he's on and knows he will get where he needs to be in time.

"I'm anxious to get to the point where I can turn it loose and just play without thinking so much. It will come. I just have to be patient," he closed.

When 'it' does come, it could be special. . . .


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