The 2013 Music City Bowl will pit the 7-5 Ole Miss Rebels against the 7-5 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The matchup itself should be a fun one to watch, with several players on both sides of the ball for both teams really looking to make an impact. One Georgia Tech player that may surprise everyone would be the big 6’5″ Junior target that goes by the name of Darren Waller.
His twitter handle says something about a Great Wall so let’s just call him that – the Great Wall.
Waller could go by several different nicknames, including Music City Bowl MVP if he can put together a game for the ages. Waller has been somewhat of a puzzle this year, not usually doing much but still being able to produce when he’s really needed. At one time, there was talk about him potentially growing into another Calvin Johnson type receiver due to his huge body size and the strength potential needed to bring down anything that comes his way.
Waller’s middling numbers don’t show what he can be capable of if you forget about him or think he can’t hurt you. He only has a career high of two receptions in a game, and he did that just three times. His career high for receiving yards in one game is only 68, and that feat happened in this year’s final regular season game against Georgia.
The sophomore out of Acworth, Ga. finished the 2013 season with 15 catches for 288 yards and two touchdowns.
Tech QB Vad Lee will definitely be looking for Waller downfield on some of those trick plays that the Yellow Jackets offense has been trying to pull out for huge gains all year long. Waller barely tops one catch per game, but when he does touch the ball, it’s usually for a big gain.
When the Jackets want to stretch the field, most of the attention will go defensively to DeAndre Smelter, which could leave some great open looks to Waller. He averages nearly 20 yards for every catch, and he’s a big target for Lee when the Jackets get into the red zone.
Bowl games often have some odd heroes. Players who seemed to be hibernating for much of the season suddenly wake up when they get into a bowl game situation, and make themselves a true X-factor in the game. Waller could be that guy for Georgia Tech.