The Ole Miss practice today is closed. The next chance to view the Rebels a little bit and to speak with coaches or players will be tomorrow.
So much has been written and discussed about Bo Wallace’s shoulder, which seems to be fine. That’s good news.
What’s more good news seems to be Wallace’s overall strength and condition.
After Saturday’s opening practice Hugh Freeze raved about Wallace’s arm strength. During the media day presser radio analyst Harry Harrison, the former All-American DB, asked Wallace about his “guns,” or biceps.
“He’s like two different players,” offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Dan Werner said. “He’s so far ahead of where he was last year. The key is making it all the way through the season.”
Last year Wallace was unable to go all in with the off-season program because he was not far enough removed from shoulder surgery.
It appears that he’s been quite focused on conditioning this time around, his last.
“He’s gained some weight and gotten bigger,” Werner says.
Wallace, 6-foot-4, is currently listed at 217 pounds. That’s 14 pounds ahead of where he was listed on the post-spring roster when he came in at 203.
He was listed at 209 pounds in the media guide a year ago. With limited weight training it’s possible that not all of those 209 pounds were good ones.
Wallace hasn’t lacked for confidence over the course of his career, but having your health back and adding to your frame is no doubt a boost in that regard.
The important thing about the weight gain is that it can help him withstand more bumps and bruises than if he remained at 203 pounds.
His focus on getting bigger could be what helps him have a healthy senior season from start to finish.