Logan becoming Wallace’s go-to guy

Adam Robison | Buy at photos.djournal.com Ole Miss receiver Ja-Mes Logan has had 13 catches for 187 yards over the past two games.

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Ole Miss receiver Ja-Mes Logan has had 13 catches for 187 yards over the past two games.

By Parrish Alford

Daily Journal

OXFORD – It didn’t take Bo Wallace long after arriving at Ole Miss to lock in on that very special someone.

He was through playing the field.

As the Rebels’ quarterback he quickly found that person with whom he could click.

It was Ja-Mes Logan. Although Logan, a senior from Houston, Texas, is the team’s third-leading receiver this season, there’s a certain chemistry between the two players.

“Even last year I’ve always felt on the same page with Ja-Mes. I feel like we think alike,” Wallace said.

As a position coach responsible for each of the wide receivers, Grant Heard wants the best for all his children.

“I hope he would say that about all our guys,” Heard says, “but a quarterback and a wideout, it’s like dating. You’re always going to like one person a little bit better for some reason or another.”

Even the strongest of relationships have disappointment. For Wallace and Logan that came on second-and-10 from the Ole Miss 25 on the Rebels’ last possession against Texas A&M.

A pass for first-down yardage hit Logan square in the chest, and he dropped it. Had he held on it’s possible the Rebels would have driven down to kick a game-winning field goal.

Instead, they punted to Johnny Manziel, and another chapter was written in the legend of the Aggies’ quarterback, as A&M kicked the winning field goal instead.

“I felt like I lost the game for us, and I just put that on my back,” Logan said.

A certain group within the Twitter community wanted to make sure Logan understood they agreed with that assessment.

“Most of it was negative. I really don’t pay it no attention, because they not out here doing it. I just said something on Twitter to some of the real people that had my back, so after that it was positive,” he said.

Refocused

Though he had the support of Heard, Wallace and other teammates, the A&M drop did serve to refocus Logan and drive him to pay closer attention to detail in practice.

“Ever since then I come to practice, don’t really talk. I really stay focused throughout the whole week.”

In the two games since A&M, Logan has 13 catches for 187 yards and two touchdowns.

The Rebels would likely have found a way to beat Idaho without Logan’s scoring catches of 37 and 65 yards.

His biggest catch in the last two games came against LSU when he relived the A&M scenario on the Rebels’ game-winning drive. It was third-and-9 from the Ole Miss 26 when Wallace hit Logan on the right sideline for 13 yards.

“I know he’ll continue to make big plays all season,” Wallace said.

Heard told Logan he’d seen him make the A&M catch “800 times.” Logan set about to prove the coach’s faith in him and disprove the doubters. He has 30 catches for 386 yards and two touchdowns this season.

Quick to share the credit, Logan downplays any sort of special connection with Wallace.

“I don’t know about that. I guess it’s just us being on the same page.”

parrish.alford@journalinc.com