Treadwell leads Crete-Monee to semis


Treadwell leads Crete-Monee to semis

Tashara Parker Contributor

Triple threat athlete. Thats what one of Chicagoland's top recruits is being called. He plays wide receiver, defensive back and even kickerand in the words of Crete-Monees head coach, Jerry Verde, he does a little bit of everything.

His sophomore year he was a wide receiver and halfway through the season, we put him in at defensive end," said Verde. "His junior year he played WR and DE the whole year. This year he is back in at free safety. Hes what they call a gamer.

Thats how Verde referred to four-star wideout, Laquon Treadwell.

Treadwell is a senior at Crete-Monee High School and the only receiver in the Chicago area ranked in the Top 25 by numerous scouting services.

Treadwells college recruiting no doubt speaks to his talent. Just last week, he narrowed his list down to include Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi and Notre Dame.

To describe Treadwell in words may be the toughest thing to do as this receiver has talent thats well beyond his years.

His size is impeccable. He is a 64, 200-pound coaches dream. His speed is obviously another reason for his top notch choices in schools. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds.

Laquan has lead his team past the quarterfinals for the first time in Warriors' history and he says theres no time for celebration as the team needs to remain humble and press forward -- and there is only one way to do so.

Work hard, stay focused on whatever team we have each week and remain disciplined," Treadwell stated. "I think that will take us a long way.

The Warriors struggled for the past eight seasons with a hunch on their back in hopes of finally making it past the quarterfinals, and this year their dreams came true.

They rallied past Peoria Richwoods Peoria in what they are calling the toughest game this season as they lost to the Knights in the second-round last season.

And although, Peoria Richwoods wasnt the team that they played in the quarterfinals, it remains their closest call yet.
Treadwell scored two touchdowns to preserve a 35-32 victory against Peoria.

Treadwell said hes not stressed about making a collegiate choice, but doesnt want to focus on the decision until after the playoffs have ended.

He says, a lot of kids would love to be in my position, so I take it as a blessing.
Many high schools have ended their journey of making it to the state championship game, but Crete-Monee is hoping they can take things all the way this season.

The Warriors will square off against Lemont this Saturday in unfamiliar territory as Lemont enters their second straight year advancing to the semifinals.

Brian Kelly explains going from defending to firing Brian VanGorder

Brian Kelly explains going from defending to firing Brian VanGorder

After Notre Dame gave up 50 points in its season-opening loss at Texas, coach Brian Kelly said criticisms of Brian VanGorder’s defense were “jumping the gun,” adding that “I think y’all should relax a little bit. I think our defense is going to be fine.”

Following that 36-28 loss to Michigan State two weeks later, Kelly said “without question” VanGorder was the right man for the job and that firing him was “not even part of the conversation.” 

And after Saturday’s 38-35 loss to Duke, Kelly said he was pleased with Notre Dame’s defensive coaching. Then, on Sunday, he fired VanGorder. 

“That's not the appropriate time to get into talking about your coaches and where you feel they fit on that continuum of how well they are doing,” Kelly said of his media sessions. “I’m going to defend them, I'm going to defend my coaches in those kind of public settings. As I got a chance to further evaluate our football team and our current situation, I felt that it was in our best interests to make the move that I did.”

While Kelly said he never considered firing VanGorder after the 2015 season, he did mention that he felt a pattern emerged after that loss in Austin. Going back to last year, Notre Dame had lost three consecutive games to Stanford, Ohio State and Texas, with defensive issues marring each game. 

Notre Dame’s defense allowed Stanford to connect on a walk-off field goal that effectively eliminated any chance of the Irish reaching the College Football Playoff. Ohio State’s offense kept Notre Dame at arm’s length in the Fiesta Bowl, a game which ended 44-28 in favor of the Buckeyes. And the 50 points Texas racked up — 37 of which came in regulation — were too much for DeShone Kizer (who scored six touchdowns) and the offense to overcome. 

“To me, that was three in a row,” Kelly said. “So that's got my attention. You're evaluating everything at that point. So yes, I mean, I'm evaluating those from even what it happened the previous season.”

Kelly spent more time with Notre Dame’s defense last week, which allowed him to take the pulse of the group. And after watching his team self-destruct in an embarrassing loss to Duke, Kelly said he needs to see more energy, fire, passion — whatever you want to pick from the buffet of synonyms — from his team. 

The move to fire VanGorder, in part, is an effort to generate that kind of enthusiasm from this defense going forward. Because if this defense doesn’t get fixed, or at least improves to being somewhat reliable, Notre Dame could very well struggle to reach six wins. 

“I need to see our guys play fast and free and loose, and I need to see excitement on the field,” Kelly said. “I need to see guys playing the game like kids, and not so mechanical and robotic. They have to let it go and let it happen and that means we have to tweak some things.

“They had some fourth down stops. They played hard. But playing hard is not enough. There has to be other intangibles as it relates to your defense, and we were missing some important ingredients, and that's why I made the change. And so what I'll be looking for in particular relative to these tweaks is these guys come at it with a clean slate, and I expect to see them play with a lot more passion and enthusiasm.”

Big Ten poll update: Three teams in top 10, Huskers rise to No. 15 in both polls


Big Ten poll update: Three teams in top 10, Huskers rise to No. 15 in both polls

The Big Ten landed three teams in the top 10 in both the coaches and the AP poll, and Nebraska moved up to No. 15 when both polls were released Sunday afternoon.

Ohio State remained the No. 2 team in both polls. The Buckeyes had a bye week this weekend. Undefeated after three non-conference games, including that big win at Oklahoma, Ohio State begins Big Ten play next weekend against Rutgers.

Michigan checked in at No. 4 in the AP poll and No. 5 in the coaches poll. The Wolverines had an impressive 49-10 win over Penn State on Saturday, getting six rushing touchdowns from five different ball-carriers and dominating on defense. Michigan has a huge showdown with Wisconsin next weekend in Ann Arbor.

Speaking of the Badgers, they rose to No. 8 in both polls after a dominant win over Michigan State. Wisconsin's defense was incredible, keeping Michigan State out of the end zone and coming away with four takeaways in that 30-6 win in East Lansing. Freshman quarterback Alex Hornibrook was also impressive in his first start. The game against the Wolverines will be the Badgers' third against a top-10 opponent this season.

Nebraska jumped five spots in both polls, climbing from No. 20 to No. 15 after Saturday's 24-13 win over Northwestern. The Huskers were hardly mistake-free in the victory, fumbling twice on the goal line but avoiding any damage because of it. Mike Riley is now 4-0 to start his second season in Lincoln after winning just six games all of last year.

Michigan State dropped to No. 16 in the coaches poll and No. 17 in the AP poll following its loss to Wisconsin. Tyler O'Connor was intercepted three times, and the offense was generally unable to do much of anything — accumulating only 75 rushing yards — the team not faring much better on the defensive side. Michigan State takes on Indiana next weekend.

Iowa dropped out of the coaches poll after narrowly beating Rutgers on Saturday. The Hawkeyes still received votes in that poll, along with Minnesota and Maryland. Iowa and Maryland also received votes in the AP poll.