Sunday, July 3, 2022

Levine: Three Years Later, Wallace Leads Ole Miss for Final Time in Biggest Game

Will Bo Wallace win the day New Year's Eve in Atlanta?
Will Bo Wallace win the day New Year’s Eve in Atlanta? / Photo by Chuck Barnes

Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace hits the field as a Rebel for the final time New Year’s Eve after three years of amazing highs and gut-wrenching lows.
Saturday Down South reporter Ethan Levine weighs in on the Good Bo vs. Bad Bo debate and whether his legacy at Ole Miss should be cherished among the Rebel greats or forgotten along with former quarterbacks Jevan Snead and Jeremiah Masoli.
“Few established quarterbacks in recent memory committed as many turnovers as Wallace and still kept their jobs. But every time it appeared Wallace might lose his starting job during the last three years, he always responded with a fantastic play to remind coaches and fans why he deserved to be on the field.”
With Wallace’s last appearance under coach Hugh Freeze less than a week away, Rebel nation is anxiously waiting to see which Bo comes to the Georgia Dome Wednesday morning.
“The Peach Bowl may not be a playoff game, but it is certainly a high-profile game against a high-profile, one-loss opponent in TCU. Wallace will be asked to match the nation’s No. 2 scoring offense on a neutral site with the world watching. If history tells us anything, it’s that we have absolutely no idea what to expect from the senior signal caller.
“Should the Rebels win, their program would earn a hefty pay day and would see their national perception soar. But if they lose, this season will be seen as a missed opportunity, for which Wallace (as well as injuries and bad fortune) will be held responsible.”

Read Levine’s column at Saturday Down South.

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