Spring Look Ahead: Quarterbacks

Looking ahead to bowl practice and the spring.

First in a series …


Hugh Freeze said he would not judge his redshirt freshmen quarterbacks by their performance at Arkansas.

Ryan Buchanan and DeVante Kincade were thrust into action when Bo Wallace got a hurt. The Rebels were already behind, there was spotty offensive line play, poor field position and playing conditions.

It’s understandable how all those things could add up to less than impressive results from young quarterbacks.

While Buchanan and Kincade get a pass, they also missed an opportunity to rise above the challenges and do something unexpected.

Maybe their coach won’t completely judge them for what they didn’t accomplish, but they both missed chances to announce their presence by doing something special.

Freeze will go into spring ball with an open mind regarding his young players.

He may also go into spring ball with another quarterback in the mix, a junior college signee.

The fact that Ole Miss is showing such interest in East Mississippi Community College quarterback Chad Kelly may be the most definitive statement Freeze has made on Buchanan and Kincade and his quarterback picture after Bo Wallace.

If Kelly signs he beings yet another “style” to the picture.

Buchanan is the pocket passer, Kincade the mobile quarterback. Kelly is similar to Bo Wallace, a guy who can stand in the pocket and make reads but can give you some level of running.

The Rebels have a commitment from New Iberia, La., dual threat quarterback Jason Pellerin, rated the No. 22 player at his position by Rivals.com and have a dual threat guy redshirting this year in Kendrick Doss.

With so much focus on Buchanan and Kincade as the future, the possible addition of Kelly could cause one or both of them to consider other options.

Freeze has said that Buchanan has been a little ahead of Kincade in terms of reading his progressions from the pocket.

There’s a lot of time for them to get better and to catch their coach’s eye. Bowl practice will be important for both. Because their skill sets are different it’s not a stretch to see both of them playing next year.

It’s also not a stretch to see a former four-star Clemson signee winning the job. Freeze apparently believes Kelly would be a nice addition.

There is a lot of talent coming back and more coming in for this offense. It’s important for Freeze to get the quarterback position right.

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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  • gehs72

    No matter how the QB situation plays out for the Rebs in the next 24 hours and in the spring/summer, Bama is #1 with a 5th year senior who finally grew an proved he was 1st team and now Sims has won an SEC Championship. It is not how you start the race but how you finish.

    • Parrish Alford

      Sims could become the third first-year Alabama starting QB in the last six years to win a national championship. Greg McElroy and A.J. McCarron were both new starters when they did it.

      • JB

        Not to quick yet, Alabama has not won the national championship yet,, please dont get to overly competent , There is Ohio State, Oregon, and YEs the Seminoles from Florida State that will have a say who is national champs this year, sorry that Ole miss will not be a part of this, they still have a long road ahead, before they can get to this level.

        • josecanyousee

          what is your first language, if you do not mind my asking?

          • JB

            i do not mind you asking, my language came from the cotton fields of Lafayette co,Mississippi, working as a field hand , that language was some time hard and difficult to understand, but i managed to make the best of it.

  • Blob

    If EMCC is so much better at producing sec QBs than Ole Miss, perhaps we should hire whoever is responsible. If I were a touted prospect, I sure wouldn’t go to a school that is going to wait until my third year invested in the program and then bring in a juco above me. What does this tell prospects?

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