Opposition Danger Men: Ole Miss & Austin Peay

Before previewing the Vanderbilt games this fall it is worth taking a look at the player who will be the main threat to the 'Dores in each of their games. These players are the ones who can take over on a Saturday if they are not properly game planned for and each has the potential to be a real thorn in the side of the Commodores when game time rolls around.

Before previewing the Vanderbilt games this fall it is worth taking a look at the player who will be the main threat to the 'Dores in each of their games. These players are the ones who can take over on a Saturday if they are not properly game planned for and each has the potential to be a real thorn in the side of the Commodores when game time rolls around.

Ole Miss - Bo Wallace - QB

Ole Miss is an intriguing team entering 2013, but they will only go as far as quarterback Bo Wallace will take them. The Rebels run four deep at tailback, have play making wide outs, and are bringing in a top 5 recruiting class which includes the number one player in the country. Again though they will only go as far as Wallace can take them.

In his first season as the Rebels quarterback Wallace passed for just shy of 3,000 yards with 22 touchdowns, gaudy numbers by anyone's standards. The problem is that the competitive nature of Wallace, and his gunslinger mentality, also saw him throw 17 interceptions (many at key times). The Rebs run a fast break, deep ball offense so some interceptions are to be expected when searching for that big play. Wallace would be the first to admit, however, that 17 is too many and that if Ole Miss is to be as good as they can be in 2013 he will have to make better decisions with the football.

The other way in which Wallace shows his uber-competitive side is on the ground. Though the 6-4, 204 pounder can best be described as something between lumbering and powerful he is never afraid to tuck and run in the option read part of the Rebels offense. This can lead to both good (his 57-yard TD run against LSU) and bad (his injury on a nothing play against Tulane) plays. If Wallace can improve his decision making in all areas of the game he has all the tools to trouble the Commodores.

Austin Peay - Iosua Siliva - DE

Austin Peay is coming off a 2-9 season where they were well beaten in every game they lost. This spring has seen little improvement on offense as transfers have left the Governors with just two quarterbacks and the team has a dearth of anything resembling playmakers. What the Govs do have is a much maligned defense which has made progress during the offseason, especially at defensive end with the addition (by position change) of Iosua Siliva.

Siliva is still adapting to his new position but he has all the tools which will make him a force off of the edge this fall. At 6-5, 253 pounds the native of American Samoa plays with unusual leverage for his height. With his natural strength and power, along with a deceptively quick first step, Siliva has been making plays all spring by forcing his way into the offensive backfield right off of the snap. Siliva is also extremely smart, an asset which allows him to quickly decipher plays and tendencies. He is the one player on the Austin Peay roster who can cause Vanderbilt problems this fall.

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