Despite missing spring practice with an injury, there is little doubt that Bo Wallace will be behind center when the Ole Miss Rebels begin play this fall. Even without Wallace in spring practice, the Rebels got better at the quarterback position, which is a bonus for coach Hugh Freeze as he heads into his second campaign in Oxford.
The reason the Rebels were able to get better was because they were able to establish depth at the position during the spring. With Wallace unavailable, both Barry Brunetti and Maikhail Miller got quite a few snaps that they would not have gotten if the starter had been healthy.
Brunetti, who will be a senior this fall, figures to be Wallace’s backup when the season starts. Brunetti is not a great passer, although he did hit on 64 percent of his passes last season. He is better known as a running quarterback, and last season he rushed 60 times for 277 yards and three touchdowns.
Miller is a bruiser at the quarterback position. He is listed at 6-2, 240 pounds, and he appears to be every bit of that. Miller played in two games last season, rushing six times for 23 yards.
In the Ole Miss spring game, Miller showed what he might be able to do this fall. On a third-and-goal play in the contest, he collided with a defender at the goal line and then pushed him away to score a rushing TD. If Miller can become a short-yardage option, it would give Freeze and the offensive staff another weapon to keep the chains moving.
The Rebels will add more depth this fall when signees Ryan Buchanan and Devante Kincade join the squad, but don’t expect to see much from either of those players this year. The job belongs to Wallace, but should he become injured at some point, Freeze and the Rebels now have more faith in the backups.