At this point, it is pretty commonly understood that Donte Moncrief is one of the greatest wide receivers Ole Miss has ever had, and that he will demonstrate this by setting a handful of meaningful receiving records before his departure either to the NFL or via graduation. Hell, he's already tied Chris Collins' record of 10 touchdown receptions in a season set in 2002, and is nipping at the heels of Shay Hodge's single season yardage record of 1,135 set in 2008, (even though he isn't likely to get the 187 yards in the Comapss Bowl needed to match that mark, he likely to come close). And he has two more years of eligibility left, meaning that Shay's Ole Miss record of 2,646 career receiving yards Chris Collin's record of 24 career receiving touchdowns are easily within reach.
He's one of Ole Miss' best ever, and that's something that few, if any, of us doubt.
But what about Bo Wallace? I know it is putting a lot on the shoulders of a young man fresh off of his first year in the Southeastern Conference, but Bo Wallace is also on pace to come close to and even break a few Ole Miss records, barring serious injuries or an early departure to the NFL.
Here are a few records that Wallace could conceivably break before he leaves Ole Miss:
|Record||Set by?||When?||Bo's Numbers||How far off is he?|
|Passing TDs in a game - 6||Eli Manning||2001 against Arkansas||5 TDs thrown in Egg Bowl||One fewer overthrow|
|Passing yards in a game - 436||Archie Manning||1969 against Alabama||403 yards against Vanderbilt||Missed it by 33 yards|
|Total offensive yards in a season - 3,572||Eli Manning||2003||3,231 this season||341 yards, something which he could do against Pitt|
|Pass effeciency in a season - 148.1||Eli Manning||2003||144.2 so far this season||
It would take a really good game against Pitt, but it's doable
|300 yard passing games in a season - 4||Eli Manning||2002 and 2003||3 so far this year (TAMU, Vandy, and LSU)||
Again, he'd have to show out against Pitt.
Of course, Bo benefits from
there being one more regular season game than there was in Eli's time, and he has having Hugh Freeze as his playcaller, meaning that a lot of plays are being called, but it does appear that Bo Wallace could potentially be one of the more decorated quarterbacks in Ole Miss history once it's all said and done.
As mentioned earlier, Wallace currently has 3,231 all purpose yards and 28 all purpose touchdowns. Assuming he uses up his eligibility, stays healthy, and leads the Rebels to the postseason during that timespan, he is on pace to finish with 10,500 all-purpose yards and 91 all-purpose touchdowns, both of which would be Rebel records.
Of course this discussion is very premature, but it is one that I personally am thrilled to just be able to have at this point in his and Hugh Freeze's young careers in Oxford. And to think, a year ago most Ole Miss fans were unsold on the former's hire and didn't even know who the latter was.