Coming into the 2013 season, Bo Wallace’s ability to take care of the football became a hot topic. If he could improve his God-awful touchdown-to-interception ratio (22 to 17 last season), the Rebels could take another step forward. If he continued to turn the ball over, UM could backslide from last season’s 7-6 mark.
To date, Wallace has been outstanding. In leading the Rebs to a 3-0 start he’s completed 64% of this passes with four TDs and no — zip, zilch, nada — interceptions. He’s thrown for 648 yards and rushed for an additional 120 with three more scores. That’s 768 yards and seven touchdowns on his resume through three games. There’s a reason we kept calling him “a poor man’s Johnny Manziel” last season.
Unfortunately, Wallace is starting to show a bit of Manziel’s cockiness, too.
Heading into Tuscaloosa for a showdown with top-ranked Alabama, Wallace said Monday that he expects to score some points against the Crimson Tide’s defense and secondary:
“Yeah, I think we can put points on them. I think we can put points on anybody. We just have to show up and play. It’s the same thing every week, let’s stay on schedule, control the tempo and don’t have any turnovers…
I wouldn’t say (Alabama’s secondary has had) a drop off, but when you have first-round corners every year, I don’t know if they are exactly first-round corners. But if you have a guy going in the top 10, you’re going to have a little big of a drop off the next year.”
In a word: Why?
And before someone says, “Wallace is just showing the confidence a quarterback must have,” ask yourselves, “Must a person flap his gums in order to have confidence?” I don’t recall guys like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, or Drew Brees saying their opponent has had a drop off on defense.
Also, Wallace didn’t just pop off about Alabama. He also fired a few darts at Texas A&M and Manziel’s weaponry:
“I think we have better receivers than A&M. They want to talk about Mike Evans being so good, but we have Donte (Moncrief) and I think Laquon (Treadwell) is going to be that way. We have better players on the outside than A&M does.”
And here we were enjoying Ole Miss’ “little engine that could” vibe. Oh, well, strap that helmet on tight, Bo. You’ll have plenty of chances to back up your talk when you face Alabama, Auburn, Texas A&M and LSU over the next four weeks. Get through that schedule with a couple of wins (or more) and you’ll have every right to chirp.
Why he would feel the need or want to, though, is anyone’s guess.