Opposition Danger Men: Ole Miss

Now that spring practice is in the rearview mirror, and that summer is quickly appearing on the horizon, it is time to turn our eyes to the fall.

We will eventually get around to full previews of all the ‘Dores opponents In 2014, but before that we are going to take a closer look at a couple of difference makers who Vandy will come up against each week when the season gets started. These are the guys that the coaches must game plan for if the 2014 Vanderbilt football season is going to be a success.


Offense: WR – Laquon Treadwell

Anyone who watched the gut wrenching 39-35 loss which the Commodores suffered at the hands of the Rebels on opening day last year will remember the name Laquon Treadwell. One of the biggest recruits in recent Mississippi history, Treadwell was given a big billing in that opening night encounter. This was much to the chagrin of many Vandy fans who had tuned in to watch a game between two evenly matched teams and not to hear the announcers talk up Treadwell for four hours. Much of the talk during that game was mere hype, but in 2014 Treadwell will be a very different proposition for the Vanderbilt defense to deal with.

With clear cut number one wide receiver Donte Moncrief having left for the NFL a year early it is Treadwell's time to shine. The sophomore caught 72 passes and was named the SEC's top freshman last year, all while working mainly in the slot. This year he will move to the ‘X' position in the Rebel's spread attack, creating a lot of one-on-one coverage as he works all over the field. He may not be the fastest player out there, but Treadwell has unbelievable hands and will make catches in traffic and over defenders as well as anyone in the country. With Bo Wallace looking better than he ever has this spring containing Treadwell will be huge if the ‘Dores want to kick off their SEC campaign with a win.

Defense: S – Cody Prewitt

Cody Prewitt was a statistical animal in 2013. He totaled 71 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, 6 interceptions, 7 pass breakups, and 2 forced fumbles. That heady stat line was enough to see him named an AP All-American as a junior. Prewitt has all the skills you look for in a modern safety. He can cover wide receivers down the field and has excellent range and ball hawking skills. His six interceptions were the third most among players from BCS conferences.

Prewitt though can bring the wood too. He is that ideal rover safety as when he steps into the box in run heavy sets he has a nose for the football and will make the running back pay at the end of the play. This Ole Miss defense has the pieces in place to have playmakers on every level, but without a doubt Prewitt is the best of those and the one which the Vandy coaches cannot let disrupt the flow of the offense.

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