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Bo knows quarterbacking, but Bo doesn't know reserve quarterbacking.
In fact, I'm not sure anyone around the Rebel program knows much about the reserve quarterback spot.
While coaches and fans alike hoped that a front-runner would emerge behind starter Bo Wallace this spring, unfortunately very little progress was made. Nevertheless, there's still time for a reserve to be born.
The bottom line is reserve QB questions remain as the Johnny Rebs head into summer camp.
Over the spring, reserve QB candidates Barry Brunetti and Maikhail Miller looked pedestrian at best. Searching for a better clue in the Grove Bowl, two men further down the depth chart (Robert Ratliff and Khalid Purnell) even got some work under center. In the end, spring camp closed with very few answers.
Enter true freshman QBs Ryan Buchanan and Devante Kincade.
When these two talented kids join the mix this summer, the battle for the No. 2 spot will reach an absolute fever pitch. At this point, there's simply no telling which player will eventually emerge as Wallace's heir apparent. Conventional wisdom would say redshirt the true freshmen, but either is capable of winning the reserve job in 2013.
It's vitally important to Ole Miss' 2013 campaign that at least one player rises to the occasion.
Wallace will be playing on an operated shoulder this season, and coaches will take nothing for granted. The Brett Favre throwback can light up the scoreboard this year if healthy, but without him the Rebels offense becomes much less potent.
The single-biggest challenge for Hugh Freeze right now: pray that a leader emerges this summer.