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Old 10-02-2009, 04:59 AM   #1
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Default On the Steelers: Wallace the next receiving star?

Friday, October 02, 2009
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Peter Diana/Post-Gazette
Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace caught seven passes for 102 yards Sunday in Cincinnati.

Lost in the Steelers' loss in Cincinnati, in the dropped touchdown by Limas Sweed, in the pick-six wrong route taken by Santonio Holmes, in the defense blowing another fourth-quarter lead, there appeared a gem.

Rookie Mike Wallace caught seven passes for 102 yards in his third NFL game.

A little perspective on that: It took Hall of Famer John Stallworth until his seventh NFL game to reach 100, Hall of Famer Lynn Swann and Plaxico Burress their second seasons, and Troy Edwards not at all with the Steelers. Hines Ward did not get his first 100-yard game until his fourth season.

The only one faster? Louis Lipps with 183 yards on six receptions in his very first game as a pro.

Could Wallace become the next receiving star for the Steelers?

"He has all the potential and makings to be great," declared Ward.

Wallace has the size, speed and apparently the doggedness to do so. Ward once said he had to remind Burress often to hit his playbook. He does not have that problem with Wallace.

"He's a great student of the game," Ward said. "It's rare you have to tell him something over and over. He's one of the first ones here. He wants to learn. When you see a talent such as his, I want to make sure I go out and enhance that and he becomes better. Then when I'm long gone and I'm watching him on TV making plays, I'll know I had an impact on his career."

Wallace, a third-round draft choice from Mississippi, has 12 receptions for 147 yards after his big day in Cincinnati. It might have been bigger had he not stepped out of bounds at the 10 after catching a 51-yard pass in the open to start the second quarter.

"I focused on the ball so much I wasn't paying attention to where my momentum was taking me," Wallace said. "I didn't know I was that close to the sideline."

But, and listen up, Sweed ...

"You can't go anywhere without the ball. The main thing is catching it. Hopefully the next time I can catch it and stay in bounds for the touchdown."

Wallace was first placed at the flanker spot, where Ward plays. Then he learned split end, where Holmes plays.

No rookie ever reached 1,000 yards receiving with the Steelers and that would be a stretch for Wallace as their No. 3 man. But he has the ability to get yards in big chunks. In Chicago, he streaked open deep and would have had a 62-yard touchdown had Ben Roethlisberger not been hit as he threw, resulting in an interception instead.

The quarterback is aware he must release the ball quickly when he's throwing it to the speedy Wallace.

"You don't want to underthrow him, so you've got to get it out and let him run under it," Roethlisberger said. "If you overthrow him, it's a rarity but it's better than underthrowing him."

His coaches want to see how Wallace responds against San Diego, and they're looking for a better outcome than Rashard Mendenhall's last week.

"That was a breakout game for him," offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said. "It's kinda like Rashard: What do you do with success? Can you maintain it? He's had a good week of practice. I think his confidence level is up.

"He'll start seeing a little different coverage," Arians said of the San Diego Chargers. "These guys are solid corners; they're really going to test us."
Mendenhall may be in

Willie Parker watched practice again yesterday, and he said his big toe still pains him. Although he will try to practice today, there's a chance Mendenhall will climb out of that doghouse that coach Mike Tomlin does not have and into the starting lineup Sunday.

"Rashard had a great week of practice," said Arians, who indicated third-down back Mewelde Moore could also play there if Parker cannot go.

"We'll see how [Parker] is. I feel very confident in Mewelde and Rashard. We'll see how it plays out. Coach will make that decision as we go along."

One decision already made is that Troy Polamalu will not return to play this week, and that never was the plan. Polamalu, who is still slightly limping after tearing a knee ligament in the opener, hopes to return by Oct. 11 at Detroit.

Center Justin Hartwig, though, did return to practice, as did tight end Matt Spaeth, and both will play Sunday.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09275/1002516-66.stm
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Old 10-02-2009, 06:42 AM   #2
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Yeah, thank God we have him.
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Wallace was a damn nice draft pick. He'll wind up being a big-time steal.
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"He's a great student of the game," Ward said. "It's rare you have to tell him something over and over. He's one of the first ones here. He wants to learn.

His willingness,to learn, his attitude, plus his natural talents will make him great for us.
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"He's a great student of the game," Ward said. "It's rare you have to tell him something over and over. He's one of the first ones here. He wants to learn.

His willingness,to learn, his attitude, plus his natural talents will make him great for us.
Great read Galax. Thanks.

This was the focus of my athletic hall of fame induction speech (high school)....simply that attitude & hard work often trumps talent in the long run.

That is why I tend to defend the likes of Colon but not so much the "Starks" of the world....

It sounds like Wallace has the talent AND attitude. I couldn't be more excited about the prospects for this guy.
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This guy certainly has the material to be a "great " WR... the ball is in his court meaning that if he continues to learn at the rate and intensity that he is currently... he can make it happen "very" quick....
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Holmes better watch out, Wallace could be the future #1 WR!
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Great work ethic, tremendous speed and sticky hands (so far from what we've seen?)....can't go wrong there


I'm still going to be watching for McDonald's contribution to the team this year though.
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Great work ethic, tremendous speed and sticky hands (so far from what we've seen?)....can't go wrong there


I'm still going to be watching for McDonald's contribution to the team this year though.[/QUOTE]

Me too, I'm suprised that it took Sweeds' dropping of a touchdown pass to get McDonald in the lineup. McDonald's going to be solid, he'll find those underneath openings and he'll actually CATCH THE BALL!
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The Steelers definitely found a gem with Mike Wallace. He's going to be a really good NFL WR.
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