Laquon Treadwell was a play-making star on Ole Miss’ Sugar Bowl-winning 2015 squad, but he was not completely healthy.
According to a report from Chris Tomasson of The Pioneer-Press, Treadwell recently revealed that he had that phenomenal season at less than 100 percent health.
“I wasn’t 100 percent in anything I did from the beginning of spring ball (in 2015) to pro day (at Mississippi on March 28),” Treadwell said, according to Tomasson. “I was playing on one leg my whole junior season. Last year wasn’t fun going out and being hurt and trying to play.”
That didn’t stop the Minnesota Vikings from drafting Treadwell in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. If anything, it may have encouraged them to speculate on what a fully healthy Treadwell may be capable of producing.
Many marveled at how the former Rebels wide receiver returned to the field so quickly following a season-ending leg injury against Auburn in Nov. 2014. It was one so gruesome that even the person with the strongest of stomachs may end up a little queasy after watching the replay a few times.
Treadwell started the 2015 season on time in spite of being just 10 months removed from the injury, and he posted a fantastic junior season catching passes from Chad Kelly. He caught 82 passes for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns on his way to being one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, which honors college football’s top receivers.
Fellow former SEC wide receiver and new teammate Cordarrelle Patterson, who was a first-round pick for the Vikings out of Tennessee, said he has watched Treadwell grow as a receiver during the summer prior to his NFL debut.
“He’s doing good, man,’’ said Patterson, according to Tomasson. “He started a little slow, but this is a fast game. Being out there is way different than college. … But I appreciated him coming and working each and every day, working and staying out and catching extra balls after practice.’’
Treadwell will be one of the more interesting SEC rookies to watch during NFL games this fall.