By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – The practice availability for Bo Wallace is up in the air, but both Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze and Wallace expect the Rebels’ quarterback to play against No. 1 Alabama.
Wallace took a hit on his shoulder early in the Rebels’ 39-0 win at Tulane last Saturday. He continued to play, though not as effectively as he has through most of his first three games.
Afterward, Wallace had his shoulder wrapped, and Freeze downplayed the significance of the injury, though he said Wallace would begin therapy immediately up on the team’s return to Oxford.
He did, and it looks like Wallace will be on the field at Alabama late Saturday night.
“I don’t know if he’ll be ready (today), but I do expect him to go (in the game),” Freeze said.
Monday is the Rebels’ off day.
Wallace completed 68.6 percent of his pass attempts through three games but was just 7 for 16 passing (43.8 percent) against Tulane.
There were drops that contributed to those numbers, but also some bad throws, and Freeze was critical of Wallace’s preparation leading into Tulane.
Freeze said the shoulder bothered Wallace on several throws including a deep ball to Donte Moncrief. The Tulane game was the first this season in which Wallace and Moncrief did not connect on a touchdown pass of at least 50 yards.
They did connect on a 23-yard scoring pass in the first quarter.
“They were very base. They were so base that maybe I didn’t spend as much time on them as I should have,” Wallace said. “I just felt like I knew what they were going to do.”
Freeze said Wallace called him Saturday night to discuss things.
“We are very open with each other in our dialogue, and he was the first to admit he didn’t prepare well,” Freeze said. “Hopefully hey he will learn from it, move forward and prepare better.”