Depth at the Position a Strength for the Rebels
OXFORD, Miss. – Despite losing all-time receptions leader Laquon Treadwell as well as Cody Core from last season, Ole Miss still has a bevy of depth at the wide receiver position through spring practice and into next season.
“Every year you’re going to lose somebody,” Ole Miss receivers coach Grant Heard said. “I don’t know how much it has really changed my room … I think the guys we have here, we can get the same stuff done.”
Senior Quincy Adeboyejo in particular is stepping into a leadership role among the extremely talented, yet young group.
“He’s the old man,” Heard said. “I lean on him a lot to help those young guys out. He’s accepting the role. It’s not an easy role to accept. That puts a lot of pressure that you always have to do the right thing. He’s doing a great job. I expect a lot out of him.”
While Adeboyejo and junior Damore’ea Stringfellow are expected to headline the group, the Rebels will also look to junior Markell Pack as well as redshirt freshman Van Jefferson and sophomore Damarkus Lodge. Both Jefferson and Lodge have have benefited greatly from getting a year in the offensive system under their belts.
“They’ve come a long way,” Adeboyejo said. “When you first get in here, not knowing the plays, you can lack in play just by thinking too much. Those guys are more comfortable knowing the plays. They’re a lot more comfortable and you can see it on the field.”
Ole Miss also has three highly rated signees in A.J. Brown, Dekaylin Metcalf and Tre Nixon yet to arrive on campus that will have the opportunity to factor into the rotation immediately.
“You know my history,” Heard said. “Every freshman has a chance. We’ve only redshirted one kid since we’ve been here. They’ll have all the opportunity they need. If they’re the best, I’m going to play them. Competition makes my room better.”
The player that will be getting the ball out to the receivers in the fall, Chad Kelly, will miss the final week of spring practice due to a surgery to repair a sports hernia.