Ole Miss Football: Bo Wallace Gets His Chance To Shine In Primetime

By Freddie Vickers

Bo Wallace, now there’s a name you probably haven’t heard of, unless of course you’re an Ole Miss Rebel fan.

Wallace stepped on campus in Oxford and immediately turned heads in spring practice.  He completed 16 of 26 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns, to go along with 11 carries for 17 yards and another score in the Rebels annual Grove Bowl.

While Wallace has not officially been named the starter, he looks to be the guy the Rebels will call on to lead Coach Hugh Freeze‘s high octane offense.  He has accumulated some impressive numbers so far this season.

Wallace is fourth in the SEC in passing efficiency, fifth in passing yards, and leads all quarterbacks in rushing with 135 yards.  Versus UTEP, he finished the game 15 of 22 for 174 yards and three touchdowns through the air.  He also carried the ball 11 times for 53 yards and a score.   Two of his touchdown passes were over 50 yards, one to sophomore stud wide receiver Donte Moncrief, the other to freshman tailback Jaylen Walton.

Wallace and Moncrief have formed a lethal combination, as they have now hooked up twice for touchdowns over 50 yards.  After beating up on Central Arkansas and disposing of UTEP, the Rebels take a step up in competition this week as the Texas Longhorns come calling on Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Texas comes in 2-0 after beating Wyoming and New Mexico.  Traveling to Ole Miss will be the Longhorns toughest test to date.  While Wyoming caught the Longhorns a little off guard, don’t expect them to give up 276 yards passing to the Rebels.  Texas will bring in one of the top secondaries in the country led by safety Kenny Vaccaro.  Not only will the Longhorns lock you down in the secondary, they will bring pressure with defensive ends Jackson Jeffcoat and Alex Okafor.

This will be a stiff test for Wallace as he won’t be able to sit in the pocket and make plays versus this very talented Longhorn defense.  A strong effort from running backs, Jeff Scott and Randall Mackey, could provide the balance the Rebels need to upset the Longhorns.

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