Wide Receiver’s Coach Grant Heard is a rare coach that can talk the talk but can also walk it. The former Ole Miss wide receiver left Ole Miss as the school’s all-time leader in touchdowns and receptions. He went on to NFL Europe and since hooking up with Hugh Freeze, he has had a chance to show the guys at Ole Miss how it is done in Vaught-Hemingway stadium.
Coach Heard led Donte Moncrief and the high flying receiving corp to the top of the SEC in 2013, finishing third in the SEC in passing offense and fifth in total offense. 2013 also broke records at Ole Miss in total offense (473.3 ypg), pass completions (310) and pass attempts (490).
With Moncrief moving on to the NFL, SEC freshman of the year Laquon Treadwell returns after setting freshman records in catches (67), receiving yards (557) and touchdown catches (5).
With the loss of Moncrief and a sure handed senior Ja-Mes Logan depth is going to be an issue for 2014 as the group gets younger but possibly more talented.
Coach is going to get Senior Vince Sanders back after an injury plagued Junior season, he will need a big contribution from sophomore Quincy Adeboyjo. Solid possession receiver Cody Core is back and he will hopefully get Senior Collins Moore back soon from a minor knee injury.
The biggest question mark is replacing Moncreif at the post position. Luckily coach has Treadwell to fill that spot.
Vince Sanders was quoted at by Parrish Alford at Ole Miss’ fall practice media day as saying, “The depth will depend on putting guys in the right situations, and I’m sure the coaches will do that,” Sanders said. “I think we’ve got the talent. Once everybody gets comfortable with the offense we’ll be playing even better.”
Coach Heard you have to really like the number of weapons he has in this group. From tall, fast wideouts/ tight-ends to quick and small slot receivers, you can bet Heard and Head Coach Hugh Freeze will draw up some un-foreseen alignments and create opportunities to move the football.
“If everybody stays healthy we’ve got the talent to be a pretty good bunch,” Sanders said.
In the heat of the battle you want a coach that has been there in every situation like Grant Heard to give his group the best chance for success.