Question of the Day: Wallace’s comments

What’s your take on Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace and his comments from earlier in the week comparing the Rebels’ receivers to Texas A&M?

Said Wallace: “I think we have better receivers than A&M. They want to talk about Mike Evans being so good, we’ll we’ve got Donte, and I think Laquon is going to be that way. We have better players on the outside than I think A&M does.”

No harm, no foul here, some have said, adding that Wallace was simply expressing confidence in his teammates as a quarterback should. The comments were enough, though, for Hugh Freeze to pause and think about who would be available for interviews the next day.

Personally, I think bulletin board material is overrated. Good coaches are going to motivate their players. However, if one opposing player is particularly motivated and does reach deeper inside on a given play … well, sometimes games turn on a single play.

What do you think about Wallace’s comments?

A. He’s exactly right.

B. The comments were overblown. What’s the big deal?

C. He should have chosen his words more carefully.

Leave your logic below.


Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Killer_Beeze

    IMHO: If someone doesn’t like it…prove him wrong. I see it as confidence and maybe a little swagger mixed in huh? How you going to beat the #1 team if you don’t have faith in the skills of your players. Gotta believe.
    If the Rebel offensive line does their job and gives Bo those precious few seconds to set up and pass, then the Rebels have a chance. No QB can perform under duress. Look at the NY Giants OL They cannot protect Eli and so he’s unable to execute plays.
    Protect Bo

  • UMBBFan

    B. They are overblown for this weekend but they may be motivating for the A &M receivers in a couple of weeks.

  • keith


    Question for those of you who played the game. Did it ever make a difference when you played? I lined up one time across from a guy named L.P. Spence (high school) who had been running his mouth all week about how he would run me over. I WAS ANGRY! MAD! FULL OF RAGE!. First play of the game, he runs right through me, knocking the breathe out of me and left me seeing double. He took it 80 yards for a score and I thought, “well, he was right”.

    Point of that story, when the game starts all that silly stuff goes out the window.

    Football is and always will be about kicking the other guys butt. Ya either can or ya can’t

    • Missouri Rebel

      I agree with you Keith. I’ve been on field when that kind of talk has been used for motivation. Everyone uses that kind of talk for motivation and maybe it is in the minds of opposing players….right up until the game starts. After the first series, players tend to settle into their game.

  • The Ghost of Col. Reb

    B. Can you find something worthy of print to write about. I feel I am reading the high school newspaper.

  • Lee814

    C. He should have been more careful about his words. Take a look at the message boards and coverage in Alabama if you don’t think the comments were a big deal. They will also serve to motivate A&M in a couple of weeks. I do think that he was just trying to show confidence and not trash talk. But his wording made it appear different. Any coach will tell you, especially if you are the underdog, do your talking on the field. In this day of instant media, any comments worded wrong will come back to get you.

    PA- Thanks for your great coverage of OM!

  • Cid Riley

    B. No big’s so common place now. I think he has a legitimate point. However, it may motivate Bama’s WRs and DBs to make a point about how good they themselves are…Tide 53. $harkfins 6

  • Lee814

    Do you still think Wallace’s comments meant nothing during the game? I believe the Tide’s defense showed otherwise.

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