Rebels Pick Up JUCO QB Bo Wallace

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Jan. 12, 2012

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze continues his hot start on the recruiting trail, receiving a national letter of intent Thursday from Bo Wallace, a quarterback from East Mississippi Community College.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder will enroll at Ole Miss for the spring semester and begin competing in the 2012 season with three years of eligibility remaining.

“It shows the momentum we are gaining in recruiting to sign a player as highly sought after as Bo,” Freeze said. “Bo and I have a relationship that goes back several years. It’s exciting to see how far he has come as a player and person, and I’m looking forward to getting him on campus.”

In 2010, Freeze was the offensive coordinator/QBs coach at Arkansas State, and Wallace was a freshman for the Red Wolves. Wallace redshirted that season before embarking on a record-setting season at East Mississippi.

Wallace led EMCC to a 12-0 record and the 2011 NJCAA national championship while setting NJCAA single-season records for passing yards (4,604), total yards (4,810) and touchdown passes (53). The First Team All-American became the first freshman to win National Offensive Player of the Year honors since 2004.

Wallace also experienced success at the prep level, leading Giles High School to a state title and a 14-game winning streak. The Tennessean 2009 Player of the Year, Wallace established a state record for total offense (4,195) and finished top-five in state history in total touchdowns (47), passing touchdowns (37) and passing yards (3,287) as a senior.

He finished his career with 8,778 yards of total offense and 6,395 passing yards, which ranked fifth and seventh all-time in the state, respectively.


Bo Wallace

6-5, 210, QB

Pulaski, Tenn.

(Giles County; Arkansas State; East Mississippi C.C.)

JUNIOR COLLEGE: Led East Mississippi to an undefeated 12-0 season and the NJCAA national  championship last season while setting NJCAA single-season records for passing yards (4,604), total yards (4,810) and touchdown passes (53) … Earned first team All-American and National Offensive Player of the Year honors from NJCAA … Became only the second player in NJCAA history to surpass the 4,000-yard mark passing and the first freshman to win National Offensive Player of the year since 2004 … A three-time NJCAA Offensive Player of the Week selection …  Earned Offensive Game MVP honors following EMCC’s 55-47 victory over previously unbeaten Arizona Western College in the NJCAA championship game by completing 31-of-44 passes for 486 yards and seven touchdowns, the most ever thrown in an NJCAA-sanctioned national title game … Named 2011 NJCAA Region 23 Most Valuable Player as well as the Offensive Back MVP of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College’s North Division … Coached in junior college by Buddy Stephens … ARKANSAS STATE (2010): Did not see action and was redshirted … HIGH SCHOOL: Led Giles County to a Class 4A state title and a 14-game winning streak ... As a senior, posted a 70-percent completion rate, 3,287 yards passing, 37 passing touchdowns, and 47 total scores … Also had 4,195 total yards, breaking a state record ... Ranked in the top five in state history in total touchdowns (2nd), passing touchdowns (T-3rd), and passing yardage (5th) ... Earned The Tennessean's All-Midstate Player of the Year award and was also one of 11 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football honorees ... Senior season was named Region 12-4A MVP and was the MVP of the 4A state championship game ... Also named Super All-State, Tennessean Player of the Year, Tennessean Dream Team member in 2009 ... Finished his career with 8,778 yards of total offense and 6,395 passing yards, which rank fifth and seventh all-time in the state, respectively ... Junior season was the Region 5-3A Offensive Player of the Year, 3A All-State selection, Hazelgreen 7-on-7 MVP, an Army All-America Combine participant and an EA Sports Elite 11 participant ... Completed 99-of-164 passing attempts for 1,243 yards and 12 touchdowns, while also rushing 153 times for 1,139 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2008 ... Sophomore season was the Region 5-3A Quarterback of the Year and an all-state selection, completing 100-of-170 passing attempts for 1,696 yards and 15 touchdowns ... Also ran 81 times for 353 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore ... Freshman year was the National Underclassmen Combine Freshman MVP and Ultimate 100 participant ... PERSONAL:  Son of Bill and Trina Wallace … Full name is William Wallace, Jr. … Born: June 23, 1992.

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