Mike Wallace: A Star In The Making For The Pittsburgh Steelers

Scott McLaurinContributor IJanuary 7, 2010

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 20:  Mike Wallace #17 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs for a touchdown as Jarrett Bush #24 of the Green Bay Packers attempts to tackle in the first quarter during the game on December 20, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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How much do you know about Mike Wallace?

Mike Wallace was a third round pick (20th) for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009. His official draft overview on NFL.com stated, "Few attributes attract NFL scouts more than pure speed. Wallace certainly has that. Despite starting three years for the Ole Miss Rebels, he didn't establish himself as one capable of taking advantage of his speed until he averaged 18.9 yards on 38 receptions as a junior. A year later, Wallace's speed was even more lethal, as he averaged 20.1 yards per reception and scored a career-high seven touchdowns."

Wallace finished the 2009 season with 39 catches, 756 yards and six touchdowns. He will still start out behind Santonio Holmes and Hines Ward next year, but the future of the Steelers' passing attack certainly looks bright with the speedy Wallace in the mix.

The Steelers offensive attack will be strong in the coming years with Mendenhall and Parker in the backfield and Ward, Holmes, Wallace, and Miller.  Hopefully the offensive line will stay healthy providing good pass protection for Roethlisberger and big holes for the running attack.

Wallace leads the Steelers in yards per catch and his receiving yards are the most among rookies in the AFC. In winning the "Joe Greene Great Performance Award" in a unanimous vote, Wallace joins a list of past honorees that includes Santonio Holmes, Heath Miller, Ben Roethlisberger and Troy Polamalu.

"I think I have a long way to go," said Wallace, who admittedly is still learning the Steelers' offense. "I'm going to get a lot better in the offseason."

Wallace was named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for games played on January 3, 2010 marking the third time he has won the award. The previous awards were won in week 9 and 15.

Expect big things from the former Runnin' Rebel.  He has had the fortune to be mentored to two Superbowl MVP receivers. You have to believe he is absorbing everything they are teaching him.