Before we get rolling on this piece, a rumor needs clearing up.
On the record, Rebel sophomore Quarterback Jevan Snead does not have any knee issues after offseason surgery and rehab.
"It's great. 100%, actually. Of course, I still have to get my strength back in my lower body because I missed a lot of time in the weight room," Snead noted, "but I've got time to get it back and I'm not far enough behind that it's going to affect me for spring training.
"I'd like to be able to squat a little more, but it's not big deal in terms of me playing football or practicing. I doubt I'm as fast as I was right now, but that's part of the process too. I feel good running, but I'm sure I'll get faster as my strength level rises."
With that out of the way, Snead is concentrating on school and football now.
"We don't do much but go to class, study and play football," he smiled. "I'm trying to get into my playbook right now and get to the IPF to throw as much as possible.
"I have the formations down and most of the basics, but we haven't gotten into the whole playbook yet. It's some pretty exciting stuff - there are some spread formations in there and some shotgun, things I like."
Jevan said the system from last year and the system from this year are different, but he shouldn't have a drastic learning curve to pick things up.
"I like what we are doing this year. It makes sense to me. Once you read the coverage, you pretty much know where you are going with the ball before the snap, which makes it easier to me. We'll have more pre-snap route adjustments, which gives the receivers a better chance to get open," he explained.
Snead said the volunteer 7-on-7 workouts have gone very well, thus far.
"We don't have everything down perfectly yet, but we have made a lot of progress. We'll have it by summer," he continued. "My arm feels great and I am throwing the ball pretty well. I feel I'm in pretty good form heading into spring."
Working with Offensive Coordinator/Quarterback Coach Kent Austin has been productive so far as well.
"You can tell he knows so much. He has a lot of ideas that excite you as a quarterback. I'm really looking forward to learning from him this spring. I am looking forward to learning the offense, for sure, but I'm more excited about him critiquing my footwork and throwing motion and things like that," he explained. "Having a quarterback coach who has actually played the position helps too. He knows what we are going through - the pressure, the learning curve. It helps us to trust him and that's a big part of the whole process to me."
Jevan expects spring training to be more of a mental exercise than physical one, but he's aching to just play some football too.
"I'm looking forward to the physical part, but we are going to have to do some big time learning between now and next fall," he added. "It will be different this year. Taking more reps with the first team is going to be fun.
"It will give me an opportunity to settle in more. Last year, running the scout team, I was running the basics of a different offense every week so it was hard to hone in on anything."
Snead said he has no concerns whatsoever about his supporting cast, starting up front with the offensive line.
"I know we are good up front, so that gives me more confidence," he assessed. "I don't have to worry about running for my life or anything like that. I will be protected. That's a good feeling.
"I have faith in our wide receivers and backs. There's no reason we can't perform well this fall."
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