At Ole Miss, the quarterback position, historically speaking, has always belonged to the Mannings.
Ole Miss sophomore quarterback Bo Wallace
It makes sense.
Archie, for the era in which he played, was putting up incredible numbers through the air and on the ground, and Eli rewrote the record books before moving on to being a two-time Super Bowl MVP.
Statistically speaking, Ole Miss has had several outstanding single seasons produced by the quarterback position.
Current Rebel signal caller, Bo Wallace, has quietly approached historic numbers in his first season at the hallowed position. Although, Wallace has been clear that the only stat that matters to him is number of wins.
A glance through the single-season school passing records will show Eli Manning holding down the top three spots in nearly every category with the exception of only a few. Other gunslingers such as Romaro Miller, Stewart Patridge, John Darnell, Kent Austin and Jevan Snead were able to put together some very impressive numbers during their time as the Ole Miss quarterback, as well, and occasionally dot the lines of the Rebel record books.
With one regular-season game remaining in his sophomore season and perhaps a bowl to be played, Wallace has managed to find himself right in the thick of the single-season all-time leaders in categories such as yards, passing percentage, completions, total yards, 300-yard passing games and a few more.
Passing yardage is always a fun stat to check out. Eli, of course, holds down the top three spots on the list. Two of Manning's three seasons went for over 3,000 yards through the air making him the only
Ole Miss quarterback to ever eclipse the 3,000-yard mark in school history.
Wallace will take the field on Saturday with 2,549 yards which is good enough for seventh all time. If Wallace keeps up his season average yards per game, he will be sitting in the fourth spot at Egg Bowl's end. Of course, if the Rebels find themselves in a bowl game, Wallace could be looking at becoming the second 3,000-yard passer in program's history.
Completions are another stat owned by Eli. Manning managed to complete at least 200 passes in all three of his seasons as a starter. Stewart Patridge did it one time. That is all. Manning and Patridge are the only two quarterbacks in the history of the Ole Miss program to complete at least 200 passes in a single season. Wallace enters the Egg Bowl having completed 198 passes in 2012.
An interesting stat that has only been accomplished by Eli Manning, who did it twice, is highest number of 300 yard passing games in a season. Eli had four in a season, twice. Wallace has three this season.
Wallace's 23 total touchdowns this season is already good enough to tie the great Archie Manning's 1969 totals for fifth all time.
Total yards in a season is the most impressive that Wallace has on his stat line. His 2,897 total yards is already good enough for fourth all-time behind only Eli's three seasons. However, Wallace will enter the Egg Bowl just 60 yards shy of overtaking one of Eli's totals and locking down the third spot on the list.
Wallace has done all of this rather quietly, but, statistically speaking, at season's end he will have put together one of the most impressive campaigns in school history.
In the end, the stat that means the most is five. Five wins as a starting quarterback at Ole Miss. That beats the single season win total of all but one of the of the post Eli era.
A stat not owned by Eli Manning is single-season completion percentage. Manning is second with a 63.5-percent mark behind the record holder Patridge, who managed 64.8. Wallace currently sits third all-time at 63.1. That number can go either way after another game is in the books.
Wallace's glaring stat line is his total yardage production. Wallace has 2,897 total yards which is the fourth highest in school history behind only Eli Manning's three seasons. Wallace will enter the Egg Bowl needing 61 yards to pick off one of Eli's
totals and locking up the third spot on the list.
Wallace has been able to do this in a rather quiet fashion, but quiet or not, statistically speaking, when the season comes to an end, Wallace will have put together one of loudest seasons in school history. If he continues to consistently improve, career records will be the next to fall at Ole Miss.