Heading into the 2014 season, no current quarterback in the Southeastern Conference has started more games than Bo Wallace. The senior signal caller for the Ole Miss Rebels has made 26 starts in his career and is poised to break some school passing records this season.
So imagine Wallace’s surprise when the preseason All-SEC teams were announced at SEC Media Days, and he was named to the third team. Wallace might have understood if he was named second team, behind Nick Marshall, quarterback for the Auburn Tigers. After all, Marshall led his team to the national championship game last season.
The surprise, at least in Wallace’s eyes, came that he finished behind his intrastate rival, Dak Prescott, the quarterback for the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Sure, Prescott had some quality moments last season, but is he really as good as Wallace?
Ole Miss also sees their fourth place position in the preseason poll as a bit of a slight. It’s hard to argue with the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Auburn Tigers and the LSU Tigers, but Ole Miss thinks that it can compete with the big boys in the SEC West this season.
Wallace, and his teammates, plan to use these slights in preseason voting as motivation for the 2014 season. The way Wallace sees it, the Rebels have nothing to lose.
“We don’t feel any pressure at all,” Wallace said at SEC Media Days. “Our goal is to get late into the fourth quarter with those teams and see what happens. We’re confident we can do that.”
If they can, Wallace and the Rebels could rejoice in proving a lot of people wrong.
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.