ARLINGTON, Texas — Jevan Snead lived the dream of just about every high school quarterback in the Lone Star State.
Recruited by Texas. Signed with the Longhorns. Sported the burnt orange.
Only one problem: Colt McCoy was living the same dream at the same time.
Now the quarterback at Ole Miss, Snead has returned to his home state to lead the Rebels in the Cotton Bowl. He hopes for a happy homecoming after what has been a difficult season.
Snead has thrown for 2,464 yards and 20 touchdowns, but he’s also thrown 17 interceptions and regressed in his on-field decision making.
"I’ve had passes I’ve liked to take back, games I’d like to take back,” he admitted. "But you just realize you can’t take them back. You’ve got to move on, watch that film and take what you can learn out of it.”
There’s little doubt that Snead has the tools to be a top-notch quarterback. He has the size at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds. He has the arm to make all the throws.
That’s why Texas wanted him when he was a senior at Stephenville High, less than two hours southwest of Dallas. As a true freshman, he battled for the starting position, but when McCoy won the job, Snead knew that he could spend the next four years as a backup.
Snead realized then what everyone knows now — McCoy was a star in the making.
"I knew that he was going to be a great quarterback,” he said.