Good stuff here from CoachingSearch.com as it charts the nation’s most improved college quarterbacks based on ball security.
Bo Wallace threw 22 touchdown passes last year to help the Rebels exceed expectations by going 7-6 and winning a bowl game. He also threw 17 interceptions, and that caused him some grief among Ole Miss fans that I think has lingered into this season.
Reducing turnovers was the primary focus for Wallace and co-OC/QB coach Dan Werner in the off-season. Through seven games Wallace has thrown 11 touchdowns to three interceptions.
At the same time Barry Brunetii has quietly posted a nice TD-INT ratio with five scores and no picks. Passing hasn’t been Brunetti’s strong suit, and that’s played into his fewer opportunities there and his role as the running quarterback.
But Brunetti showed patience by rolling right and finding Nick Parker by the front pylon on the right side of the end zone against LSU, and Parker made a touchdown catch that wasn’t easy.
Brunetti is completing 55.6 percent of his 27 pass attempts, less than Wallace’s 62.7 percent success rate over 263 attempts. Last year Brunetti threw no interceptions but had only one touchdown pass in 36 attempts. Right now he’s 15-for-27 on the season which means a third of his completions have gone for scores.
The Rebels’ two primary quarterbacks have an impressive combined TD-INT ratio of 16-3. Werner deserves credit for helping both players improve.