Did Brunetti close the gap?

Some thoughts on a Monday morning …

Is there a question as to who should be play quarterback more at Ole Miss? I remain firm in my belief that Bo Wallace is the better passer and because of that gives the receivers a better chance to make a positive impact in the game.

(Recent drops by receivers would be another topic entirely.)

In very few passing opportunities over the last two games, Barry Brunetti has had success. He was 1-for-1 at Auburn for a 4-yard gain. That’s not much of a measure. Going 3-for-4 against Texas A&M, one of them a 16-yard completion is a little bit more. That still doesn’t show a big picture of making reads and throwing downfield.

Obviously Brunetti is a great runner, and Wallace’s run game has been much less of an impact the last three games. Is that only about defenses scheming for him?

Wallace had some success on the ground at LSU last year, one run going for 58 yards and a touchdown. My guess is John Chavis, a veteran defensive coordinator, remembers that and has a plan in place to make things much harder for Wallace this year. LSU has had some defensive issues but was much better against Florida.

So, has Brunetti closed the gap and re-opened the quarterback conversation?

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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  • rebeldean1

    Brunetti, played great. I think his running ability is best suited for the offense.

  • REB

    PA, When will we find out who is out for the LSU game, Especially on how Bryant is doing. I saw Chucky get hurt years ago and it still gives me chills to think about it.

    • Parrish Alford

      We’re about 10 minutes out from the presser. I suspect Freeze will update things then. Word is “a few weeks” for Nkemdiche. I think that would be a best-case scenario. Hamstrings tend to linger. The key is going to be whether they can get CJ Johnson back in the short term.

  • Archaeo

    It may just be the defenses lately, but Wallace seems a lot slower running that he was earlier in the year. Scott also looked slower the last couple of games, but that can be chalked up to his thigh bruise. Wallace however just seems to me a bit slower hitting the line on his runs.
    Had we been behind with 3 minutes left then I can see Wallace being the QB, but being tied as it was I would have rather seen Brunetti. Baring a turnover at least we could have tried to run out the clock if need be. Anything other than give the ball back to Manziel with that much time left.


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