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On Campus: Laquon Treadwell looks for new, bigger numbers at Ole Miss

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Laquon Treadwell (right), of Mississippi | Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics

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Updated: September 11, 2014 6:36AM



Most everyone who watched Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell play last season left impressed with all the talents the Crete-Monee graduate possesses.

After all, the sophomore was chosen the Southeastern Conference’s Freshman of the Year by the league’s coaches as he set Rebels freshman records for catches (72), receiving yards (608) and touchdown catches (5). In fact, Treadwell’s 72 catches are the second-most by any receiver regardless of year in school in Ole Miss history.

Outstanding numbers indeed — except in the opinion of the person whose beliefs perhaps matter most.

“I thought I could have done more,” said Treadwell, the SouthtownStar 2012 Football Player of the Year. “With me, I always want to do more and help more. I’m looking forward to doing more this season.

“I want to help more, read the defenses better, have more catches and help my quarterback out more. I just want to help the team more.”

Treadwell will have his first opportunity to do more when the Rebels begin the 2014 season Aug. 28 against Boise State in Atlanta.

Ole Miss is coming off a 2013 season in which it was 8-5 overall and defeated Georgia Tech 25-17 in the Music City Bowl.

“I’m very excited about starting the season,” Treadwell said. “I feel like a freshman again. There are so many people who love this school, love this team and love watching us play.

“We know we have to bring our ‘A’ game and stay focused because we’re playing a great Boise (State) team.

“We want to be all in. There’s no holding back. (Ole Miss) coach (Hugh) Freeze has set great goals for us and we have to be all in.”

The 6-foot-2, 224-pound Treadwell, who has been chosen to the preseason All-SEC Second Team, physically has prepared himself for the season by participating in conditioning sessions that have taken place four times a week since June.

In addition to being a steady visitor to the Rebels’ weight room, Treadwell, a nominee for the Biletnikoff Award as the top wide receiver in college football, also has gotten ready for the season by running 10 100-yard sprints each session.

“I just want to make every play the best I can and to never be tired,” Treadwell said. “I’ve worked out very hard this summer. I just want to never be tired. I don’t want anything holding me back.

“Whether it’s the first quarter or the fourth quarter, I want to be on the field. I’m not letting anything hold me back.

“I think my strength is my physicality,” Treadwell added. “I’ll block, I’ll catch the ball, I’ll be physical with defenders. Some wide receivers like to be finesse, but I think that (physicality) separates me from other wide receivers. In high school, I blocked, and I’m blocking now in college. That hasn’t changed. I try to go against our linebackers in drills, but they (the coaches) won’t let me.

“They figure I’m a wide receiver and I don’t have a chance. I just want to better myself.”

Just Jackie

Cornell College pitcher Jackie Sernek was one of two Rams chosen to the 2014 All-Midwest Conference South Division Team in softball.

Sernek, who was a repeat selection, was 14-3 on the season with a 1.99 ERA in 22 appearances.

Sernek, who prepped at De La Salle, pitched 1301/3 innings, striking out 93. The senior right-hander pitched 14 complete games, including five shutouts. She held the opposition to a .229 batting average.

She was third in the Midwest Conference in ERA and strikeouts and fourth in opponent’s batting average. Sernek led the conference in wins.

In conference play, Sernek was 7-2 with a 1.66 ERA.

For her career, Sernek leads the Rams in complete-game shutouts (15) and opponents’ batting average (.230), and is second in wins (37) and strikeouts (321).



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