The likelihood is that Bo Wallace will be the quarterback for Ole Miss when the Rebels take on Mississippi State Saturday afternoon.
What’s less clear is how effective Wallace will be trying to pass with a sprained ankle on on his plant foot. That’s the drama surrounding this week.
When Wallace left the Arkansas game for the second time it wasn’t just to give snaps to DeVante Kincade and Ryan Buchanan. It was ankle related.
Hugh Freeze told us yesterday he would give extra reps to Kincade and Buchanan this week. More in this notebook.
Freeze says Wallace is “hungry” to play against Mississippi State. No doubt Wallace is eager for a better performance than he had against MSU last year, a four-turnover game that ended with him fumbling in the end zone in overtime, the game’s final play.
It’s ironic that so close to his chance at redemption, Wallace not only gets hurt but has four turnovers at Arkansas in a 30-0 loss. He had a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 10-to-1 in SEC play going into that game. Both of his interceptions came after he sprained his ankle. He also fumbled twice in the game, the second on the play that he was hurt.
Neither Kincade nor Buchanan had strong performances at Arkansas. That’s not surprising given the drastic momentum shift that had occurred by then, the field position and their lack of involvement in game-planning.
Both were under constant pressure from the Arkansas front seven.
“You don’t know when you’ll be put in or for what situation. I felt like I played a little too timid. I just wanted to take care of the ball and not throw it away too quick,” Buchanan said. “Being backed up, I didn’t want to have a pick six. It is what it is, and you’ve got to deal with every situation.
Buchanan said the big lead gave the Arkansas defense extra confidence.
“They were firing off the ball, that’s for sure. They had a chip on their shoulder, and they were coming in fast. They were playing hard.”