Rebels’ Treadwell looks sharp in practice
Coach Freeze wasn’t sure how wide receiver Laquon Treadwell’s body would react this fall after the unexpected leg injury he suffered in last season’s home loss to Auburn, which ended his season.
Some of Treadwell’s teammates mentioned at SEC Media Day that the 6-2, 210 wide out looked as explosive as ever before. At Thursday’s practice, the junior wide receiver didn’t miss a beat as he was able to complete every drill without having to grab his surgically-repaired leg.
Treadwell could have joined his teammates in the spring, but coach Freeze wouldn’t allow it. Freeze was asked at Wednesday’s media day if he was surprised by Treadwell’s quick recovery.
“I don’t know,” Freeze said. “To be very candid, I really can’t say that I feel that way yet, because I haven’t let him do anything. I like his demeanor right now. I think he feels confident. He feels like he’s worked his way back into top shape. But I’m as anxious as anyone to see him.”
ESPN’s draft expert Mel Kiper has Treadwell, who caught 48 catches for 632 yards and five touchdowns last season, projected as a late first-round pick in next year’s NFL Draft. Since the injury, Treadwell has lost close to 20 pounds.