Brown Addresses Possibility of Snead Transfer

Texas coach Mack Brown addressed the speculation Wednesday that backup QB Jevan Snead might transfer at the end of the season.

The possibility of Jevan Snead's transfer has been an on-again, off-again topic for several weeks, following the surprising emergence of RS-freshman Colt McCoy. Yet, the subject resurfaced when El Paso television station KDBC, citing an unnamed source close to the Snead family, reported on its website that the freshman QB allegedly made contact with UTEP, TCU and Houston to gauge their interest should he transfer.

"Jevan's doing great," Brown said. "We're really pleased with Jevan and we're pleased with Colt. Jevan has got a great attitude and he's working hard in practice. He worked with the (First Team) some today and he did a great job."

Friends, that's what's known in the business as neither-confirming-nor-denying the account. The fact remains that, other than two handoffs on the final series against Baylor, Snead hasn't taken a game-day snap since the September 30 mismatch against Sam Houston State. The flipside is: when would you have played your backup QB during tight ballgames against Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas Tech?

McCoy's star is clearly on the rise. For the first time, McCoy cracked this week's Rocky Mountain News poll of 10 Heisman voters which, almost without fail since its inception, has correctly picked the winner. McCoy finished in a three-way tie for fourth-place (along with Michigan RB Mike Hart and Rutgurs RB Ray Rice) in part because Austin American-Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls placed the Texas QB behind only Ohio State's Troy Smith. McCoy is re-writing Longhorn freshman passing records while his passing rating (166.6) is rated No. 7 nationally this week.

Brown took a different approach this season to determine when the backup QB would grab some playing time on game day. Previously, Brown rotated Major Applewhite and Chris Simms (2000) and then scripted RS-freshman Vince Young into the game every third offensive series (2003) when Chance Mock was a junior. This year, Brown's decision whether to play Snead is made during the course of the game, which, of course, has been dictated by scoreboard and field position.

Brown initiated the topic of Snead's role with the team during his Monday press conference with print media.

"Jevan looks great right now," Brown said. "He's just not getting his opportunity (on game day). But we've been so impressed with Jevan that we work him with the Ones every day, thinking that if it comes up, he'll be ready."

Snead is 13-of-18 passing for 181 yards in five games this season. He has carried the ball 15 times for 89 yards.

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