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In a difficult season, Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead would like to end it on a high note

BY JENNI CARLSON, STAFF WRITER, JCARLSON@OPUBCO.COM Modified: January 2, 2010 at 12:01 am •  Published: January 2, 2010
uot;It was just a situation where there were two good quarterbacks at the same school. I just knew it was going to be one or the other. It wasn’t going to be both of us, and he got the job, so I had to look elsewhere.”

Snead landed at Ole Miss, and he has helped turn around the Rebels. He has won 17 games as a starter over the past two seasons, three more than the program won in the four years prior.

And yet, his up-and-down junior season has frustrated Rebel fans. Some on internet message boards have called for backups to get a shot. Others have said that Snead leaving early for the NFL would be the best thing for the program.

The Ole Miss coaches have encouraged Snead to ignore those sentiments and focus.

"You look at Arkansas, Tennessee, LSU — there were some games that he really did a good job of executing,” Rebel coach Houston Nutt said. "When he has that type of focus, he is a very good quarterback.”

Snead hopes to prove that today.

He wants to do that to help his team, not to silence his naysayers and not to prove anything to his former team either.

"I don’t have any hard feelings or anything like that,” Snead said of transferring from Texas. "I always dreamed of being a starting quarterback in the NCAA, so I had to look elsewhere.”