The SEC already knew who Donte Moncrief was entering this season after he had 66-979-10 as a sophomore last season for the Ole Miss Rebels, but they have a wide receiver who may be even better than the potential NFL first round pick. Laquon Treadwell was the No. 1 player at his position out of Crete-Monee high school in Illinois and the freshman has lived up to the hype that preceded his arrival in Oxford, Mississippi and is the Rebels go-to receiver.
Treadwell already has two games with at least eight receptions on the season and is coming off a two-touchdown game vs. Texas A&M. he has a team-leading 32 receptions and when Ole Miss needs to get their offense rolling they turn to the freshman phenom.
With Ole Miss trailing in their opener at Vanderbilt, Bo Wallace looked Treadwell’s way often throwing to him two and three times in a row. The same thing happened with Ole Miss tied in the fourth vs. the Aggies last week. Treadwell slipped past the entire secondary after Wallace eluded the rush and caught the go-ahead touchdown.
The lead did not last, but it showed Treadwell is the team’s best receiver as the 6-3 target made the biggest play of his short college career. This is not even a criticism against Moncrief–although he did only have one catch for three yards in the loss–but more praise for Treadwell to be playing so well, so early.
Moncrief is part of the reason why Treadwell is so successful. He helps him by commanding constant double teams and extra attention from defensive coordinators leading up to the weekend’s games so he can exploit the man-to-man coverage. However, Moncrief is still the homerun threat and his 14.9 yards-per-catch average on 24 receptions is proof of that.
Moncrief has had some small battles with inconsistency in his Ole Miss career where he disappears for some games, but then explodes with monster efforts a week or two later. The fact he only had one catch last week should be a concern for the LSU secondary knowing it’s highly unlikely Moncrief will be quiet two weeks in a row.
Ole Miss also boasts another impressive freshman alongside Treadwell in tight end Evan Engram who is third on the team in receptions and yards and second to Moncrief in touchdowns. Plus the return of Vincent Sanders has added a fourth weapon at receiver with Ja-Mes Logan when Ole Miss really spreads out the defense.
LSU has their own impressive duo at wide receiver with Odell Beckham, Jr. and Jarvis Landry statistically being the best in the conference by far, but from a strictly pure talent standpoint you’ll be hard pressed to find a better duo than Treadwell and Moncrief.
This will be a tougher test than the Georgia game where coverage breakdowns led to a lose, but that experience should mean the LSU corners and safeties are up for the challenge.