So earlier this week, Yancy Porter of Scout.com interviewed soon-to-be Ole Miss freshman wide receiver A.J. Brown. During said interview, Brown said something fantastic:
"I want to be a Freshman All-American, period. I want to have a breakout game against Florida State. I especially want to have one against Mississippi State. I want at least four touchdowns against them. It's personal."
This is notable of course, because Brown is a four-star prospect from Starkville who eternally pissed off Oktibbeha County by committing to Ole Miss over the hometown grinders in February. He's had to take a lot of shit from angry State fans in recent months, so he's pretty fired up to show them up on the field.
Will A.J. Brown be a Freshman All-American?
Well I wouldn't say it's likely. Yes, Treadwell did it in 2013 when he piled up 608 yards and five touchdowns... but Treadwell was also playing in a much thinner receiving corps. Laquon set the Ole Miss freshman record with 72 grabs (13 more than Moncrief that season) and ranked second among all SEC players with 6.8 catches per conference game—touch numbers that Brown can only dream of.
Treadwell's 2013 receiver mates were Moncrief, Ja-Mes Logan, Vince Sanders and a freshman Evan Engram. Brown will come in competing for targets with veterans Engram, Damore'ea Stringfellow, Quincy Adeboyejo and Markell Pack, plus Damarkus Lodge and Van Jefferson.
Even if Brown has the talent to be a Freshman All-American—and he probably does—it'll be tough for him to pile up the statistics necessary to do so.
Will A.J. Brown have a breakout game against Florida State?
Competition or not, it's easy to see Brown carving out a significant role in this offense as a freshman. But that will take time. Unlike Treadwell's first year, Ole Miss isn't desperate for offensive playmakers, so the coaches will be able to ease Brown into the mix. Treadwell had nine catches for 82 yards in his first college game against Vandy, but I don't see Brown getting that time of attention that quickly.
But hey, maybe he comes into fall camp and earns early playing time. "Y'all know my history," receivers coach Grant Heard told The Clarion-Ledger. "Every freshman has a chance."
Will A.J. Brown score four touchdowns against State?
Four seems like a lot. But hey, three is definitely possible.