BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The 7 and 2 Ole Miss Rebels (4-2 SEC) will be without the services of wide receiver Laquon Treadwell who underwent surgery to repair a broken fibula and dislocated ankle, suffered in the final 90-seconds of the Auburn game won by the Tigers 35-31.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said,"The outpouring of love and support that Rebel Nation and others have given him certainly has been heartwarming. When I got there early Sunday morning, he was good. As a competitor and a guy that's dealing with not being able to play the rest of the year and the fact that he was involved in the play that, in his mind, he let us down in some way. Certainly we don't feel that way. He has to deal with all of that. We're going to help him do all of that. Everyone else will, also. He's a tremendous young man. We're looking at four or so months of recovery time. He'll be back with us and hopefully ready to go for spring ball. We love him and appreciate the effort he gave in helping our team in that situation. Now others will step up and carry it on.”
The Rebels are giving up only 13.3 points per game to lead the nation in scoring defense. Senquez Golson of Pascagoula ranks second nationally with 9 interceptions and the Rebels lead the nation with a total of 18 interceptions.
Who are the Blue Hose? Presbyterian College competes in the Big South Conference and bring a 5-4 record to Oxford on Saturday. The Blue Hose are 2-2 in the Big South.
Why did Ole Miss schedule the Blue Hose this late in the season?
Freeze said,“That's probably a better question for Ross (Bjork). I don't get too much into the dates. I'm not even sure how the open dates arrange themselves. We're going to treat this just like getting prepared for another game. It counts. It matters. I hope it matters to our fans. They need to be here to support these young men. We're excited it's an early game. Our coaches and players are excited to get up and go play instead of waiting around all day. I think it's important to our program that we bounce back and we play well with the ones who are healthy>
It was announced Monday that Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace and defensive back Senquez Golson were named semifinalists for the Maxwell Award and Chuck Bednarik Award, respectively...honoring the top Collegiate Player of the Year and the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year.
Coach Freeze says the Rebels have a number of injured players as they prepare for Saturday's non-conference clash.
“The list is long. I'Tavius (Mathers) and Trae (Elston) both had concussions. They've started our concussion protocol. We'll have to wait until the doctors clear them for them to return back to practice. Laremy (Tunsil) has a partially torn bicep. One week wasn't quite enough for him to feel like he could function. Now we're hopefully with this week and next week we can get him, hopefully, ready for the last stretch. Aaron Morris left the game and didn't finish. He's getting some tests done today. I don't think it is anything that will keep him out for the remainder of the year. It just made us even more thin at the end of the game than we were already. Ben Still will be day to day. I'm super proud of how he gutted his performance out. Not just him, but he was playing on one wheel. There are some other little things but nothing I expect anybody to miss any time for.”
Despite back-to-back losses, Rebels senior quarterback Bo Wallace says Ole Miss is still a contender.
“We don't feel like we're out of it. Obviously we don't control our destiny anymore, but crazy things can happen in the SEC. A lot of people still have to play each other, so we're hopeful good things can happen for us, but we can win all our games down the stretch. We have to come in and prepare and come out and have good showings in every game.”