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March Badness Round One, Bad Snap Region: Bo Wallace vs Randy McCown

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Dr. Bo rides again against the Cooper Manning of the McCown Family.

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No. 1 Bo Wallace

Need I say more?

What was good: William Robert Wallace Jr., arrived in Oxford Mississippi with Hugh Freeze — whom he followed from Arkansas State — and immediately assumed the starting position in the Rebels’ new up-tempo, spread attack. In three years as the Rebels’ starting quarterback, Wallace accounted for more than 10,000 yards in total offense, with 60 touchdowns. He took Ole Miss to three straight bowl games, including the 2014 Chick Fil-A Bowl, and helped the Rebels win a landmark victory over Alabama en route to a top five ranking during the regular season.

What was bad: Well, there was also the matter of 41 career interceptions despite throwing to the likes of Donte Moncrief, LaQuon Treadwell, Evan Engram and several other very good wide receivers. Wallace was, in many ways, the quintessential "spread offense" quarterback. He ran just well enough to keep a defense honest, and largely lived on throwing quick, short passes due to a lack of arm strength.

But it was his more scattered tendencies that created his famous moniker.


No. 4 Randy McCown

Our friend Lucas Jackson of Good Bull Hunting offered this explanation on the Eldest McCown:

What was good: I loved Randy McCown because he was basically a fullback playing quarterback. He was pure grit. Slow, not really athletic, he just moved the ball through what could only be described as will and moxie. He never slid. He lived for the broken play. He was Johnny Football except he wasn't fast and he was a model student. In 1998, he took over for struggling Branndon Stewart (who transferred from Tennessee after losing a qb competition to some guy named Peyton Manning) and went 8-0, leading A&M to the Big 12 South title. He beat undefeated and defending national champion Nebraska. In 1999, he quarterbacked A&M to an upset of No. 5 Texas in the Bonfire Game, throwing a beautiful pass to Matt Bumgardner to take the lead late.

The man gave it all for his team. He was the quarterback for two of the biggest wins in A&M history, and sidelined for another after he broke his collarbone on a QB sneak touchdown late against Texas (R.C. Slocum promptly went into prevent defense and gave up a game losing FG, sealing the Heisman for Ricky Williams, but I digress).

What was bad: I hated Randy McCown because he was basically a fullback playing quarterback. He barely completed half his passes. In 1998 he played in 13 games and had 6 (SIX!) touchdown passes. Against Nebraska in 1998, he went 2-8 for 91 yards with a long of 81 yards on a quick slant (but still somehow he won the game!) His best passing game that year was against a 2-9 Baylor team when he threw for 9-14 for 195 yards. His badness finally caught up with A&M in 1999, as OU, Nebraska, and Penn State demolished A&M by a combined score of 110-6. WOOF.

Lagniappe: He's the Cooper Manning of his family. A&M decided not to offer his brother Luke McCown, who lit up scoreboards at Louisiana Tech, and is still in the NFL backing up Drew Brees. The Aggies also declined on his other brother, Josh McCown, who is also in the NFL.

For the record, this was McCown’s career statline: