For the next several days, I will preview what my All-SEC team looks like going into 2014. Today we begin with the quarterback position, and for this particular position there really is no competition. Heading into the fall, my preseason All-SEC quarterback is Bo Wallace of the Ole Miss Rebels.
Wallace had an under the radar season a year ago with so many big names in the SEC at his position a year ago. He finished the year as the second leading passer with 3,346 yards, completed 64 percent of his passes and led every returning SEC quarterback with 18 touchdowns. Add to that another 355 yards rushing and six touchdowns on the ground and he looks awfully impressive.
No projected starter in the SEC matches Wallace’s production from last season. Nick Marshall of the Auburn Tigers comes closest, but adding his rushing and passing yards together still doesn’t net more yards than Wallace’s passing yardage alone. With many of the big names now on NFL rosters, it’s now Wallace’s time to shine.
The Rebels had a lot of youth a year ago that will only get better with another offseason under their belt. They have a great offensive line and enough skill position players to get the job done. With Wallace returning under center, they are a legitimate dark horse pick in the SEC West.
Wallace has a chance to be the first Rebel QB to lead the SEC in passing since Eli Manning accomplished this in 2003. Not many Rebel quarterbacks have been the top passer in the league, so Wallace achieving that would be no small feat.
With a crop of inexperienced and unproven quarterbacks in 2014, Wallace deserves the preseason All-SEC nod at quarterback. Whether he can live up to the expectations and finish that way remains to be seen.