"Snead, he's a pretty passer. He throws a beautiful ball," Spurrier proclaimed. "We watched him last year, and a lot of NFL guys think he may be the first quarterback taken, according to them. But he's an excellent passer."
However, Spurrier was quick to point out that Stephen Garcia has also been progressing in the passing game. Despite this, Spurrier was not ready to say that Garcia has come full circle quite yet.
"Our passer's getting better, and he's got some improvement to do," Spurrier stated. "But he's getting better. We would hope we would just hit everything in practice and hit all the open guys in the game, but we haven't quite gotten to that level yet, but that's what we're shooting for."
While the Head Ball Coach said that this year's Rebel team is similar to the one USC faced last year, he noted that they do a lot of different things to keep opposing teams off balance.
"They're Ole Miss, and they do their thing and they're wide open," Spurrier said. "(With) Houston Nutt, they fake field goals, they fake punts, they play wide open, and they're very successful. They haven't lost a game in about a year now, is it?"
Spurrier emphasized the fact that the Gamecocks will again try to put a quality product out on the field, and work towards having balance in the game-plan.
"Hopefully we'll be ready to play our best game of the year on Thursday night," stated Spurrier. "We're getting some guys back on defense, hopefully they'll be healthy, they didn't play last week. So maybe we can put together our best game, that's what we're going to try to do."
As far as keeping a balanced game plan, Spurrier said, "We shoot for balance if we can, but you never know what kind of game it's going to be. You just don't know."
The Ole Miss football team has not faced an SEC-caliber opponent so far this season, with only games against Memphis and Southeast Louisiana under their belt. Spurrier knows that the Rebels will be a team looking to stay hot as they move towards one of the most difficult stretches of their schedule.
"They obviously haven't really played anybody yet, and they know that," Spurrier noted. "And, the meat of their schedule's coming up, so we'll see how it plays out."
The SEC road certainly does not get any easier for Ole Miss, with games against Vanderbilt and Alabama coming up in the next two weeks. With a team that is still largely unknown for this season, Spurrier will find out a lot more about his young team when Jevan Snead and the Rebels roll into Williams-Brice stadium on Thursday night.
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- Defensive Coordinator Ellis Johnson said that safety Chris Culliver has been nursing a bruised shoulder, while Antonio Allen has been slowed by a slight concussion. Both are expected to play on Thursday.
- Spurrier said that he expects Ole Miss defensive end Greg Hardy back from a sprained ankle that kept him out of the Rebels' game against SE Louisiana.
- Spurrier would not elaborate on any changes offensive line coach Eric Wolford may make for Thursday's game, saying with a smile that it is "a secret."