Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace is getting a total overhaul this offseason.
Not only will he have a surgically repaired shoulder to work with, he’ll also have new mechanics to go with it.
According to coach Hugh Freeze, Wallace will spend a week with for major league pitcher Tom House. House is known for his work with pitchers and quarterbacks and focuses on improving mechanics to prevent further injury.
“We’re going to get him out there and who knows, if he can come back and get a little more zip on the ball and most of all finish the whole season with the same velocity that he started it’ll be a huge plus for us,” Co-defensive coordinator Dan Werner told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.
Werner told the paper he learned about House while watching and episode of HBO’s “Real Sports.” House has worked with Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Carson Palmer, Matt Cassell and Tim Tebow. He also tutored major league Hall of Famers Randy Johnson and Nolan Ryan.
"I'm a rotational-athlete evaluator," House told NFL.com in a 2012 article. "Pitching, quarterbacking, tennis, golf, hitting ... all rotational athletes have the same timing, the same kinematic sequencing -- hips, shoulders, arms and implement. And depending on the verbiage, the same mechanics as each other. It's all the same, in order of importance: timing, sequencing and mechanics."
The Rod Dedeaux Research and Baseball Institute where House does his work is located on the USC campus behind the third-base dugout of the university's baseball field. House, who used to be a pitching coach for the Trojans, almost exclusively worked with pitchers until 2004 when Brees came for a visit. That's when House put the science, technology and many hours of data collected from quarterbacking greats such as Dan Marino and Joe Montana to work.
House's decades of experience with pitchers, combined with his rare high-tech equipment, help him detect and correct even the tiniest inaccuracies. He captures all the data by sticking tiny sensors all over the quarterback's body. When the quarterback throws, a computer is able to render a three-dimensional stick-figure representation detailing every phase of his motion, and the 1,000-frame-per-second cameras help both player and coach see what happens in a nanosecond.
"That's what probably gets their attention the most," House said. "It's not what my eyes are seeing. It's what the cameras are seeing. ... It's not what we think we see. It's what is actually being done."
Wallace has had limited participation in Ole Miss’ spring practices while he continues his rehab. But Wallace said he’s please with the limited reps he has had so far.
“It feels good,” Wallace said about his shoulder. “I think everybody can see I have more pop and more zip to it than I did at the end of the year, so that’s only with two months of lifting. I still have three more months, and I get to go out there and do that.”
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