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Ole Miss Rebels: Bo Wallace Must Step Up Play in 2014

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The Ole Miss Rebels are coming off of an 8-5 season and a tie for fifth place in the SEC Western Division. However, results for the 2014 season could hinge on one player – quarterback Bo Wallace.

Last season, Wallace put up big numbers for the Rebels. He started all 13 games, and he connected on 64.8 percent of his passes for 3,346 yards with 18 touchdowns. However, Wallace also threw 10 interceptions on the season.

Wallace is also a threat to make plays with his legs. He rushed a team-high 131 times last season for 355 yards and six scores.

In 2014, Wallace will face bigger challenges. He must cut down on the interception number, while increasing his touchdown total. If the offense preferred by head coach Hugh Freeze is to work efficiently, Wallace must make these adjustments.

Increasing the passing numbers will be tough due to the loss of standout receiver Donte Moncrief. Last season, Moncrief led the team with 938 yards receiving and six touchdowns. Wallace will need to find a new go-to receiver this season to improve the offensive numbers.

That player could be Laquon Treadwell, who led the team with 72 receptions last season. Freeze and the Rebel staff hope that Treadwell can become a receiver in the mold of Moncrief.

Wallace must lead the team if the Rebels are to make any progress in the SEC West. Ole Miss finds itself looking up at the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Auburn Tigers and the LSU Tigers. In 2014, it appears that Ole Miss will be fighting with the Texas A&M Aggies and the Mississippi State Bulldogs to climb to that next level and continue growing the program.

It won’t be easy for Ole Miss, but if the Rebels are to make that jump, Bo Wallace must be the man leading the charge.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.