The Jan. 2 Cotton Bowl game between Texas Tech and Mississippi means Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Sneed gets to come home.
A prep All-American at Stephenville High School, Snead played the 2006 season as a backup to Colt McCoy at Texas. In limited duty that season, Snead completed 26-of-49 passes for 371 yards with two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions.
Snead, however, transferred to Ole Miss in January of 2007, then sat out the '07 season because of the NCAA transfer rule. This year Snead completed 166-of-298 passes for 2,470 yards, 23 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while guiding the 20th-ranked Rebels to an 8-4 record.
Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt knows how much playing in the Cotton Bowl means to Snead. Thus, when Nutt told his team Sunday which bowl game they would be playing in, his eyes were trained squarely on Snead.
"I looked at him first when we made the announcement and he almost jumped out of his chair,'' Nutt said. "He's a pretty cool guy, but I could tell inside he was ready to do flips he was so excited.
"That was the one (bowl) game that he wanted and I'm glad he gets to go back there. He has a lot of family there.''
_ Dwain Price