Ole Miss Quarterback Jevan Snead was "on" against Arkansas last Saturday, completing 67% of his passes and breaking the 300-yard passing barrier for the first time in his collegiate career.
"Jevan made good decisions, he threw the ball very accurately, he got us in the right plays when we had the wrong ones called and he threw the ball away when there was nothing there," said Ole Miss Coach Houston Nutt.
But as big a part of the SEC victory as he was, as is the case with Jevan whenever the Rebs win, he deflected the bulk of the credit.
"It was all about Dexter (McCluster) and the offensive line," said Snead, who always takes the bullets in a loss. "Dexter provided all of us a spark. He got us going and then the offensive line protected me all day. I was very comfortable in the pocket.
"They got me going with their great play. Dexter gives us all confidence when he gets rolling and we all feed off of that."
Snead did relent a little about his play, but it was like pulling teeth to get him to discuss himself.
"It was probably my best game of the year, but it was because my offensive line did a spectacular job. I can't say enough about those guys," Snead continued. "This reminds me of last year when we got a needed spark on offense and just took off. That is what we are hoping is happening and what we feel like is taking place.
"This OL has gelled now and they know each other. They have become a true unit and I look for that to continue. They are playing as one. They are playing better because they have gained some experience as a unit. They are getting better as a group each week and as a consequence the offense is getting better as a unit."
With the OL and Dexter clicking, it just made things easier for Snead and the passing game.
"Anytime you can get the run game going, it makes it a lot easier on everyone in the passing game. The defense has to respect the run first and that buys more time for me and for the receivers to get into their routes.
"Arkansas had to exert so much effort into trying to slow down Dexter, that I guess the rest of us were kind of an after thought."
With the running game working, pass protection becomes easier because defensive fronts are on their heels, so to speak, and that means Jevan is not as concerned with the pass rush.
"Now that the OL has come together, I don't feel like I have to worry as much about the pass rush and buying time to throw. As I said, I'm more comfortable in the pocket and more confident we're going to have time for a play to develop," he said.
In the past two or three games, Jevan has also become a threat to run. On the Rebs' first scoring drive, Jevan tucked the ball and ran for a first-and-goal when the middle of the field opened up.
"I don't think my running will make defenses gameplan for me to run, but if the opportunity for me to run presents itself, I am going to go for it. I like to run the ball. I feel it gets me in a rhythm and in the flow of the game," he noted. "I will always look to pass first, but if that breaks down, I can run if I have a lane and I will not be hesitant to take it."
It's easy to see Snead is more relaxed than he was earlier in the year. It's also easy to see why - his supporting cast has started to put everything together.
Due, in part, to that relaxation, Snead's decision-making has been more crisp and his throws have been more accurate. He's also trying to force less throws.
"It's pretty important to be comfortable in the pocket. It can certainly affect how you play," he closed. "Being in a comfortable place has helped my play a lot and I just want to keep playing well and keep seeing this offense grow each week."
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