Ole Miss sophomore Quarterback Jevan Snead has been asked everything anyone in the media can think of.
A media blitz is just the nature of playing the most highly-visible position on the football field. He's fielded every query, thrown at him at rapid fire, graciously and, importantly to the media, patiently, even when some of them are the same ones asked the day before.
His Texas background, his transition to Ole Miss, the difficulty of sitting out a year, the chemistry with his receivers, the ability of the offensive line, the depth of the running backs, his rate of learning the offensive system, how much he is now recognized on campus, his leeway to audible, his relationship with OC Kent Austin, his family background, his study habits, his GPA, what he thinks of the backup QBs and even his new haircut and his girlfriend transferring to Ole Miss from Texas, have all been covered and covered again.
The only question not asked, and it probably will be before too much longer, is "boxers or briefs?" Yikes.
But even as late as Wednesday, we were still able to find some new nuggets.
Right before Snead came into the team meeting room where interviews are conducted, WR Coach Ron Dickerson told the media that he told Snead to "get on my guys when they mess up."
"We had that conversation, yes," Snead said, surprised that we could come up with something fresh. "I expect them to play well because they have great talent. I'm not mean, but I tell them I know as well as they do that they can do better than that. And to get it corrected before the next time. It's part of my job as the quarterback."
Part of his job. . . . that encompasses so much, it can be mind-boggling, but Snead seems to be handling it fine. Sure, he's got some bottled up emotions - anxiousness and excitement - inside, but he's cool, calm and collected under center in practice sessions.
"I can tell a big difference in now and when I was an entering freshman at Texas," Jevan said. "My knowledge of the game is so much better. Even though I was learning a different offense in spring and this fall, we were still learning about defenses and that has not changed. I have grown in my knowledge of defenses quite a bit.
"And since spring, I feel way more mature in my approach to this offense."
His on-the-field success in practice can be attributed to Jevan's ability and work ethic, certainly, but he also understands he's only as good as the other parts of the offense, to a certain extent. He is pleased with the development around him, particularly the wide receivers.
"Their routes are sharper and crisper," he said. "They have learned how to beat different coverages because their knowledge of coverages is much better than it was before. They attack coverages now."
Jevan said he does not have a go-to guy yet. He says he looks at all his receivers that way.
"I think I can count on them all. It just depends on the situation and the play that is called, but I am not hesitant to go to anyone who is in the game," Jevan assessed.
From all reports and observations of spring training, Dexter McCluster is going to be a main cog in the offense. Jevan agrees with that thinking and direction.
"I didn't know what to expect from Dexter when I first got here. I just knew he was really fast and quick," Snead smiled. "Now I know he's also a fantastic football player and he's tough. Don't let his size fool you. He can play the game."
As Snead faces the season opener Saturday against Memphis, he feels fortunate to be where he is now and even luckier that things worked out the way they did during a coaching transition.
"I believe things happen for a reason and I believe I am fortunate to be in the situation I am in," he closed. "I'm just ready to get it going. There have been some bumps in the road, but we have been heading in the right direction for a while now. It's time to apply what we have done and been through on the field."
Stop the presses! We came across one more question to ask. . .
. . . now that you have been at Texas and Ole Miss, what is the difference?
"It's about attitude. I think it hurt us in the past, but we have changed that now," he declared. "As far as talent is concerned, I think we have great talent. I think we can play with anyone in the nation. It's all about attitude and work ethic and that has been taken care of, I believe."
Well, that's it, there is officially nothing left to ask of Jevan Snead that pertains to football or his life.
He eats, does his football thing and tries to grab some sleep when he can. That's his life, in a nutshell, all the other questions be damned.
But we're sure, as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, we'll request him again for another interview before the opener.
For college quarterbacks, the questions never stop. . .as relentless as the defensive linemen trying to sack him.
Not much more to ask Snead. . .
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