The birth certificate reads Dulymus Jenod McAllister. Most I everyone calls him Deuce, a name the senior running back picked up when he donned that number as an eighth-grader in Morton, Miss., before doubling it to 22 when he arrived at Ole Miss. In Costa Rica, where McAllister spent three weeks this summer taking Spanish for 7� hours a day because—get this—he wants to graduate early and was eager to experience another culture, the locals called him Dos. Mel Kiper Jr. calls him the projected first pick of the 2001 NFL draft. Ole Miss coach David Cutcliffe calls the 6'1", 220-pounder the best blend of size and speed he's been around. Judging by the Rebels' publicity materials, his name might as well be Heisman Trophy Candidate Deuce McAllister.
As for Deuce, he just wants to be called a player when Jan. 1 rolls around. "We had the shackles of probation on when I got here," McAllister says. "Now we've been to three consecutive bowl games, and the new goal is to be in a New Year's bowl."
In 1999 McAllister led the SEC in all-purpose yardage with 1,692, topping the more heralded Shaun Alexander of Alabama McAllister comes up biggest in big games, having scored seven touchdowns in three bowl appearances—three rushing, three receiving and one on a kickoff return. That versatility has made Deuce the first Rebel the school has pushed for the Heisman since Archie Manning finished third in the 1970 voting.
The Rebels won't be a dominating team, but considering that their four losses in '99 were by a total of 15 points, they are poised to take a major step forward. "We've opened some eyes, but our work is not done," McAllister says. "Until we win the SEC and compete for the national championship, we aren't going to garner the respect we want."
How about an SEC title and a Heisman Trophy winner? That would be quite a deuce indeed.