Mississippi quarterback Jevan Snead, the former Stephenville High School star who initially went to Texas, but transferred to Ole Miss after Colt McCoy won the starting job, could be leaning toward leaving the Rebels for the NFL despite an up-and-down season that began with high expectations.
Snead will get a chance to showcase his talents at the Jan. 2 Cotton Bowl against Oklahoma State at Cowboys Stadium.
Next year the Rebels will lose offensive weapons in running back Dexter McCluster and receiver Shay Hodge and the offensive line will be in flux, so if Snead stays for his senior season it could mean a rebuilding year for the Rebels.
"I figure after this game I’ll sit down with my family and close friends and kind of make a decision, look where I am, at least evaluate it and make a decision then," Snead said.
Snead's passing totals all declined in 2009, except interceptions, which rose from 13 in 2008 to 17. This season, Snead completed 178-of328 passes for 2,464 yards and 20 touchdowns. In 2008, he completed 184-of-327 for 2,762 yards and 26 touchdowns. At 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, pro scouts love his size and arm strength. Decision-making is one knock against him.
"I talked to him in the summer, that's really the only time I've really talked to him about that and I basically told him, you will know when it's time," Mississippi coach Houston Nutt said. "What I've told him here lately is focus. When you're focused, when you're concentrating on the game plan and you're doing it the right way, we've got a chance to win. That's basically our conversation. We'll talk after the game. The only thing that's important to us right now is this ballgame."