Two SEC quarterbacks who got off to hot starts this season are expected to be on the field this weekend… despite shoulder injuries.
According to The Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Ole Miss head coach Huge Freeze said yesterday that juco transfer Bo Wallace will “try to go.” Wallace missed practice Tuesday after hurting his shoulder against Tulane on Saturday. But his performance during yesterday’s practice session was enough to convince Freeze that his signal-caller’s ready for action:
“No doubt. No question after today…
It didn’t appear that his arm strength was full but he say he was pain-free and he threw it around and did fine.”
Congratulations, Mr. Wallace, you get to face Alabama’s defense.
Meanwhile, up the road in Lexington, Wildcat QB Maxwell Smith also looks to be a go for Saturday. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Smith and head coach Joker Phillips have two different descriptions for Smith’s arm woes. Phillips says it’s “a sprained acromioclavicular joint” while Smith says is “a separated shoulder.” But according to Phillips:
“Max will be ready to play. We held him out throwing (Wednesday). He’ll end up practicing Tuesday, Thursday.”
A UK spokesman said Smith’s status is expected “to be a day-to-day thing the remainder of the season, based on how much contact he has, the severity, the extend and that kind of thing.” He added that Smith’s injury can heal on its own without surgery.
Congratulations, Mr. Smith, you get to face South Carolina’s defense.
Say, you don’t think the pass rushers for Bama and Carolina will try to get a little rough with Misters Wallace and Smith this weekend do you?
For the record, South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw will also be playing with a hairline fracture in his shoulder blade, though his status was not believed to be a question following his scintillating 20-of-21 passing performance against Missouri last week.