By Parrish Alford/ NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Jevan Snead is going pro.
The embattled quarterback for Ole Miss, once projected to be the first player take in this year’s draft, will forego his senior season after a junior campaign that did not match an electrifying performance to close the end of his sophomore season.
Snead, a 6-foot-4 native of Stephenville, Texas, threw 20 touchdown passes but also 20 interceptions, more than all other major college quarterbacks.
“After much prayer and deliberation, I have decided to forego my final year at Ole Miss and enter the NFL draft,” Snead said in a university news release. “In the end, I had to do what is best for me and my family.”
Snead, who has already graduated, called his time at Ole Miss “an incredible experience.”
He leaves with an 18-8 record as the starting quarterback
Snead’s decision comes six days after the Rebels’ 21-7 Cotton Bowl win over Oklahoma State in which Snead threw three interceptions and was benched for performance for the first time all season.
In the Rebels’ six-game win streak to close the 2008 season Snead threw 16 touchdown passes and only three interceptions.
Snead continued to showcase his arm strength in 2009 but his interceptions remained problematic and were the key element in the Rebels’ turnover margin, a minus-7 figure that ranked 11th in the SEC and No. 102 in the nation.
Snead was recruited by the highest-profile schools in the country. He gave a verbal commitment to Florida but eventually signed with Texas.
When he was unable to unseat Colt McCoy and win the starting job, he transferred to Ole Miss and sat out the 2007 season, the final one under former coach Ed Orgeron.
Read more about this story in Friday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.