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Bo Wallace vs. Barry Brunetti

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As we all know, it was a tight race to decide who would start the season at the quarterback position for Ole Miss. Even though we now have a clear starter, the Rebels regularly switch between the two quarterbacks. Below the jump, I will give my two cents on the subject, along with some stats from this season.

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Bo Wallace has earned the starting job this season and it looks as though he will keep it throughout the remainder of the season, barring a serious injury (please don't jinx it). Through 5 games, 2 of which against nationally ranked teams, Bo Wallace is 70 of 112 for a completion percentage of 62.5, and he has passed for 7 TD's and 6 INT's. The 6 INT's are a little frightening, but 2 of those were against the likely national champions. He has also rushed for 165 yards on 52 attempts this season, with 2 TD's. While these statistics are pretty good, he is just a sophomore with a lot to learn, both mentally and physically. Mentally, he needs to learn when to just throw the ball away, and when to take a sack as opposed to making a risky throw that results with a pick. Physically, he needs to learn how to run as a quarterback without the risk of injuring himself, that is to say slide at the end of a run instead of lowering his shoulder and trying to truck people. While the latter can add a yard or two to the end of a run, is it really worth it?

While Barry Brunetti lost the job of starter, he has still seen some snaps in every game so far. Through 5 games last season, he was 19 of 35 for a completion percentage of 54.3, he did not have any TD's or INT's. This season, he has played in every game, but has had limited play time. He is 19 of 27 for a 70.4 completion percentage with a single TD and no INT's. He has also rushed for 154 yards on 29 attempts with 1 TD. Brunetti has a good arm and can run the ball pretty well. Brunetti has great potential, and has definitely earned his fair share of snaps.

While both quarterbacks have good potential and have proven themselves this season, I think Bo is the clear starter for the rest of the season. Brunetti has certainly made a name for himself though, and should see some serious play time in future games. It is nice to have two quarterbacks who can run the fast paced Ole Miss offense, so that if Wallace gets tired, instead of having to leave him in, Brunetti can go in and give Wallace a breather.

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