Wallace and the bottom line

It’s been interesting to watch the relationship between Bo Wallace and Ole Miss fans. There’s been a lot of talk about Wallace’s legacy lately, as in what might that be?

There weren’t legacy questions for Eli Manning in his last days at Ole Miss.

Wallace is at the top of the Ole Miss charts in some pretty impressive categories — total offense, completion percentage, efficiency and others — and has broken some Eli records along the way.

He needs one more win — and has one more chance to get it — to become the winningest starting quarterback in the modern era of Ole Miss football.

Eli had 24 wins as an Ole Miss starter and so does Wallace.

Eli took over a program that was on more solid footing than did Wallace. Eli became the starter as a third-year sophomore, following another guy, Romaro Miller, who had 20-plus wins, 22 actually.

Wallace arrived in 2012 to take over a team that lacked talent and confidence.

In that regard what he has accomplished is pretty amazing. The fact remains that he’s never been able to distance himself from the turnover bug.┬áHe may have that overall wins mark right now had it not been for his own turnovers in some close games. Those things stick out for a lot of fans.

As far as the winningest quarterback, the discussion gets pretty cloudy.

Ole Miss media relations counts 26 wins for Eagle Day who played from 1953-55. Times were different then. Starters weren’t noted among the statistics, and the offensive system was more “platoon” in nature. Which platoon and quarterback started the game might depend on who the opponent was for the week. Day for his time was considered the primary “passing” quarterback.

However you slice it Wallace has helped Ole Miss to success quicker than most envisioned when Hugh Freeze took ove as head coach.

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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