By Parrish Alford
OXFORD – One day into camp, and a new problem has arisen with Bo Wallace.
He’s throwing the ball too far.
After shoulder issues plagued him for much of his first two seasons, the Ole Miss quarterback says he feels as good as ever. Wallace’s off-season included a trip to southern California for observation by shoulder specialist Tom House and full-tilt conditioning, which is something he could not take advantage of a year ago.
“He overthrew two streaks. We’ve never had that problem before,” said Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze after the Rebels’ first workout of the season, a roughly two-hour practice Saturday morning. “We laughed about that today. His arm is definitely stronger. We hope it sustains that over the course of time and the grind of the year.”
Exactly who Wallace will be throwing to is a work in progress. On a team with good depth at most positions, receiver isn’t one of those.
The Rebels lost Donte Moncrief, a third-round draft pick, and also Ja-Mes Logan and Jordan Holder who were key contributors a year ago.
Freeze likes the potential of his first-tier guys but is looking for depth, and that creates a land opportunity for freshmen Markell Pack, Dayall Harris and Sammie Epps.
It was Harris who caught Freeze’s eye on the first day.
“I thought he was phenomenal,” Freeze said.
Harris, of Jackson Callaway, has a very slender build at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds. He and Pack, of Purvis, were both four-star recruits.
Epps (6-5, 215) is listed as a tight end but could also play receiver.
“We’re going to have to see how physical they are with the pads on, but they have all the tools in the world to be able to come in and play right away,” Wallace said at Friday’s media day.
Saturday’s workout was split with about 40 minutes focused on the newcomers before the veterans joined in.
That format will remain for the next couple of days.
“I really like the class we just brought in. I think there are a lot talented kids in it, and if we can do a good job of helping them understand how we want to do things, I think we’ve got some guys who can perform,” Freeze said.