Wallace Makes More Preseason Watch Lists

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Bo Wallace directs the Rebel offense during a recent practice. (photo by Joshua McCoy)
Bo Wallace directs the Rebel offense during a recent practice. (photo by Joshua McCoy)
Aug. 14, 2014

OXFORD, Miss. - As the SEC's top returning passer, Bo Wallace (Pulaski, Tennessee) is garnering plenty of attention this preseason. 

Ole Miss' senior quarterback has been named to two more watch lists this week - for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and the Manning Award.

The two-time bowl game MVP was previously recognized on watch lists for the Maxwell Award and Davey O'Brien Award. Lindy's magazine has tabbed Wallace as the nation's No. 11 quarterback. 

Entering his third season as the Rebels' starting quarterback, Wallace ranks second in school history in total offense (7,085 yards) and passing (6,340 yards) and first in passing efficiency (140.2) and completion percentage (64.3). He is the SEC's top returning passer after throwing for 3.346 yards last year (second-most in the league behind Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel). He has been named preseason All-SEC by the league media, Phil Steele, Athlon and Lindy's.

The watch list for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, sponsored by Transamerica, includes 27 of the top quarterbacks in the nation heading into the 2014 season. The award bears the name of one of the all-time greatest quarterbacks. Established in 1987, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award has previously honored 27 outstanding young men. This year's award will be presented at a ceremony on Dec. 12, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. 

The watch list for the Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, includes 32 of the top quarterbacks in the nation heading into the 2014 season. The winner will again be selected by a voting panel, which includes national media and each of the Mannings, after the bowls.

The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of former Ole Miss stars Archie and Eli Manning, as well as former Tennessee QB Peyton Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting.

"This is always a great time of year with college football ramping up once again," said Archie Manning. "We have a very strong group of 32 quarterbacks on our watch list this year and we've seen them all in action, but every year there are new guys who jump right in and become stars. That's what makes college football such a wonderful sport - you never know what might happen once the teams get out on the field."

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