Bo Wallace was an accomplished SEC quarterback; Albeit one who brought a sometimes toxic mixture of pleasure and pain to the field for Ole Miss each Saturday.
But that’s part of his mystique as the quarterback who came along with Hugh Freeze to bring the Rebels out of Houston Nutt doldrums. In that regard, no matter how many frustrating interceptions he threw, he had to be considered a success during his tenure in Oxford (2012-14). The Rebels have the bowl appearances and Wallace has the stat sheet to prove it.
Bo Wallace’s career passing stats at Ole Miss
But those 41 interceptions also highlight how frustrating he could be at times. So if you were to put on a “March Badness” contest to see which of 16 SEC quarterbacks were the “best good bad quarterback” in league history, as SBNation’s And the Valley Shook did, it’s conceivable that Wallace would make the list. And make it, he did. All the way to the finals vs. former Kentucky QB Jared Lorenzen.
In fact, as of the time of this publication, Wallace was leading the voting 54 percent to 46 percent.
Upon reading the news that he was up for this dubious honor, Wallace– now the QB coach at East Mississippi Community College– took to Twitter on Thursday morning to defend his playing legacy after some “experts” tried to claim that neither he nor Lorenzen was actually good enough to be in the “best good bad” contest. And it was predictably hilarious.
Have a look:
Wallace may have a valid point here, and he certainly landed a virtual punch with the “@dumbfootball” username suggestion, but he’s likely to turn off many people in this debate with his “you had to be a SEC quarterback to judge one” type of mentality.
Instead of judging the fight, we’ll just sit back and enjoy it.