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SouthtownStar Athletes On Campus: SEC Freshman of Year award goes to Treadwell

Mississippi wide receiver LaquTreadwell celebrates during game against Texas A M. | Supplied photo

Mississippi wide receiver Laquon Treadwell celebrates during a game against Texas A&M. | Supplied photo

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Updated: January 23, 2014 6:39AM

University of Mississippi wide receiver Laquon Treadwell has been named the Southeastern Conference’s 2013 Freshman of the Year. The award was voted on by the SEC coaches.

The Crete-Monee graduate became the first Rebel to garner the accolade. Treadwell established single-season freshman records at Ole Miss for receptions (67), receiving yards (557) and TDs (5).

Treadwell, who ranks third among all SEC players with an average of 5.6 receptions per game, leads all SEC freshman in catches, receiving yards and touchdown receptions, while ranking fourth nationally among his classmates in receptions per game.

Treadwell’s 67 catches entering the Rebels’ Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl appearance are just 10 shy of the school single-season record. He established a school freshman record with nine catches in his Rebel debut in a 39-35 win at Vanderbilt on Aug. 29 and matched that total in the regular-season finale in a 17-10 overtime loss at Mississippi State on Nov. 28.

Treadwell also was one of three Rebels named to the Sporting News Freshman All-American Team.

“We are proud of Laquon’s performance this season,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said. “He is very deserving of these honors.

“Laquon has shown great commitment and humility since joining our program. He is still young and growing as a player, and we are excited about what the future holds for Laquon.”

The Rebels (7-5) will take on Georgia Tech in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville at 2:15 p.m. on Dec. 30.

A Rose is a Rose

Benedictine’s Dylan Rose was named the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference’s Defensive Football Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending Oct. 28.

In the Eagles’ 34-28 overtime victory over visiting Wisconsin Lutheran, the sophomore linebacker tallied a game-high 17 tackles, including three tackles-for-loss.

Rose, who prepped at Oak Lawn, finished the season second on the team in tackles (71) and tackles-for-loss (10 for 30 yards). He also recorded six passes defended, two forced fumbles, two sacks and one interception.

Where there’s a Will

Dartmouth College sophomore linebacker Will McNamara (St. Rita) was named the Ivy League’s Defensive Player of the Week for the timeframe ending Oct. 28.

In a 56-0 win over visiting Columbia, McNamara recorded his first two career interceptions, returning both for touchdowns. In the second quarter, McNamara covered 24 yards with his first interception return for a score, widening the Big Green’s advantage to 28-0.

In the fourth quarter, McNamara tallied his second TD of the game. He returned an interception 51 yards for the final points of the game.

The Chicagoan helped Dartmouth limit the Lions to just 95 yards of total offense. He added four tackles, tying for the team lead.

McNamara concluded the season with 21 tackles and one tackle-for-loss in nine games. In addition to his two interceptions, he had three passes defended and two fumble recoveries.

Pioneering Spirit

Four members of Prairie State College’s women’s volleyball team have been named to the 2013 All-Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Team.

Freshman middle blocker Briana Clark (Marian Catholic) and sophomore middle blocker Maya Topps (Crete-Monee) both were chosen to the First Team, while sophomore outside hitter Brittany Frey (Crete-Monee) and freshman defensive specialist Celeste Garcia (Bloom Township) each made the second squad.

In 31 sets in conference play, Clark compiled 101 kills and eight blocks, while Topps provided 74 kills. Garcia recorded 114 digs in league play, while Frey delivered 83 kills.

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