Bigger frame could be big advantage for Bo Wallace

The Ole Miss practice today is closed. The next chance to view the Rebels a little bit and to speak with coaches or players will be tomorrow.

So much has been written and discussed about Bo Wallace’s shoulder, which seems to be fine. That’s good news.

What’s more good news seems to be Wallace’s overall strength and condition.

After Saturday’s opening practice Hugh Freeze raved about Wallace’s arm strength. During the media day presser radio analyst Harry Harrison, the former All-American DB, asked Wallace about his “guns,” or biceps.

Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace

Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace

“He’s like two different players,” offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Dan Werner said. “He’s so far ahead of where he was last year. The key is making it all the way through the season.”

Last year Wallace was unable to go all in with the off-season program because he was not far enough removed from shoulder surgery.

It appears that he’s been quite focused on conditioning this time around, his last.

“He’s gained some weight and gotten bigger,” Werner says.

Wallace, 6-foot-4, is currently listed at 217 pounds. That’s 14 pounds ahead of where he was listed on the post-spring roster when he came in at 203.

He was listed at 209 pounds in the media guide a year ago. With limited weight training it’s possible that not all of those 209 pounds were good ones.

Wallace hasn’t lacked for confidence over the course of his career, but having your health back and adding to your frame is no doubt a boost in that regard.

The important thing about the weight gain is that it can help him withstand more bumps and bruises than if he remained at 203 pounds.

His focus on getting bigger could be what helps him have a healthy senior season from start to finish.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • doubletripper

    i think that if bo can make it through the year without getting hurt, he will finally have the kind of year we have been waiting for. GO REBS.

  • Killer_Beeze

    Bo has all the tools in the shed,i.e. receivers & running backs, to make it a high octane offense. Add a defense that is getting rave reviews from the sports media and the Rebels have the potential to compete for the SEC West.

    • JB

      KB i do give you credit and congrats for the support of your Team, “Aim High”.

      • Killer_Beeze

        JB…you think I’m embellishing the talent/potential of this Rebel football team??… then maybe you’ve been “out of the loop” lately. Ole Miss is ranked in FOUR college football TOP25 pre-season polls.
        So, it would appear that the college sports media agrees with moi. :)

        • A name

          And where do those polls rank JB’s Gators? Hint: it ain’t in the top 25…

          • Killer_Beeze

            You are el correcto amigo. The polls have not ranked the Gators.

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