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August 3, 2013

Wallace feels healthy as camp opens

OXFORD —      Donte Moncrief isn't concerned about Mississippi quarterback Bo Wallace's surgically repaired right shoulder.

     Thrilled might be the better term.

     "I see an arm that's gotten stronger," said Moncrief, who led the Rebels in catches and receiving yards last season. "The fade routes look good. The dig routes look good. He's got more power with his arm and I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do with it in games."

Ole Miss opened its expectation-laden season on Friday morning with a closed practice that was Wallace's first team workout since he had surgery to repair his throwing shoulder in January. The 6-foot-4, 204-pound junior's health is vitally important to the Rebels' hopes of improving on last year's 7-6 record.

     Second-year coach Hugh Freeze said Wallace went through Friday's workout with no problems, though his total throws were limited as he works back into game shape.

Wallace said he had some soreness in his biceps, but the surgically repaired areas felt good.

     "My main thing is staying relaxed back there when I'm throwing," Wallace said. "Sometimes I try to muscle up when I'm throwing and that's when I get into trouble. But as long as I'm relaxed and I feel good, I'm putting it pretty much where I want to."

      Wallace threw for 2,994 yards, 22 touchdowns and 17 interceptions last season in his first year with the Rebels — numbers that are more impressive considering he injured his throwing shoulder during the team's second game against Tulane.

      He was never quite the same after the injury, though he played through the pain. It was most obvious on long throws, which were sometimes on the mark, but just as likely to die a few yards short of the target.

     Ole Miss quarterbacks coach Dan Werner said the surgery has helped Wallace's arm strength.

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