As Bo Wallace continues to recover from shoulder surgery, a surgery upon which the hopes of Ole Miss returning to the Compass Bowl or slightly better rest, I fell into a deep think about Wallace and his second season as starting quarterback. Mostly, I attribute this deep think to it being May, my TV shows are wrapping up, and I am a crazy person who is worried about something I can't control that is three and a half months away.
In his first year as starter, Wallace exceeded the staggeringly low expectations I set, which were me hoping for slightly better than Randall Mackey under Houston Nutt. And, at times, he showed tremendous promise. He also made more than enough decisions that would have made Hugh Freeze toss his visor, if he were a visor-thrower instead of a "hecknabbitBowhadyadoing...ah, shit" kind of guy.
When the clock ran out against Pittsburgh in the Compass Bowl, Wallace ended the season with 17 interceptions to go with his 22 touchdowns. The last Ole Miss quarterback to throw that many passes to the other team was Jevan Snead, who hit 20 in 2009.
So, given that Wallace entered Snead's stratosphere AND is coming off a significant shoulder surgery, shouldn't I, as well as all Ole Miss fans, be significantly nervous about Wallace in 2013? After all, when Snead was considering going pro, I could not have been more delighted because the thought of watching him play another season was physically painful and mentally unsettling. And when he announced he was not coming back to school, I shared many a happy phone conversation with friends.
Yet, despite their similarities in poor decision-making, I feel pretty good about Wallace in year two. To me, he's got a few things working for him that Snead did not.no comments