Snead says it's back to work for Rebs

Jevan Snead said it was back to work as usual Sunday at practice. Losing is hard to take, especially close losses like the Rebels have had in their three setbacks.

But going back to work to get better is the only way to move past it, according to the sophomore signal-caller.

"It's another day to get better. Coming off a loss, we just watched film and saw again just how close we were," said the Rebels' starting quarterback. "We just got back out here and went to work."

There isn't a game until Oct. 18 when the Rebels play at Alabama. But Snead said the team has a lot to work on in the days ahead this open week, and they've already started.

"I know there are some things I have to improve on," he said. "That's what I came out here today to try to do."

Snead's head coach, Houston Nutt, said his quarterback may have had his best game so far in the Rebels' 31-24 loss to South Carolina. Snead appreciates his coach's evaluation but said the work goes on.

"I always feel I can do better," said Snead, who was 21-of-32 passing for 243 yards with one touchdown and one interception. "There were a few plays in there I wish I could take back, obviously the fumble and the interception being two of them. I felt I was throwing the ball well. I just made a couple of poor decisions. Once again I'm just trying to eliminate those."

Snead said if the Rebels cut out or at least cut down on the mistakes, especially the turnovers, they can be quite an offense.

"It's extremely critical," he said of ending the miscues on that side of the ball. "For any team to have success, you have to win the turnover ratio. We can't be giving the ball up like that. We just can't be giving them things like that. We worked today on securing the ball and making better decisions."

Snead said a lot of it is about being more aware and making sure to hold onto the ball no matter the situation.

"The guy that came up behind me, I had no clue he was there," he said. "I just have to keep (the ball) closer to the body. The other one I should have just taken it down to the ground instead of trying to get rid of it. I just have to learn when the play's over, and we're doing some drills to work on that this week. I have to keep working on it."

At 3-3, the Rebels could be 4-2, 5-1, maybe 6-0, if not for a play here or there – including those turnovers. But they are .500 overall, and in Southeastern Conference play 1-2.

Snead said it's painful to look back and more important to look ahead.

"There are obviously some games that you say ‘if' a lot, if we hadn't had the turnovers and also if we'd made some plays we didn't," he said. "We had a chance but obviously all we can do now is prepare for the future."

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