Oxford, MS (Sports Network) - Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead has decided to bypass his senior season to enter the 2010 NFL Draft.
Snead threw for 2,632 yards and 20 touchdowns with 20 interceptions this past season for the Rebels, who finished 9-4 and beat Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl.
"After much prayer and deliberation, I have decided to forego my final year at Ole Miss and enter the NFL Draft," said Snead. "The fans, coaches and my teammates at Ole Miss have been unbelievable, and I want to thank them for an incredible experience. In the end, I had to do what is best for me and my family. Having finished my degree, I look forward to the challenge and hard work that comes with pursuing my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL."
Snead had a better statistical year in 2008, his first as a starter for Ole Miss, completing 56.3 percent of his passes for 2,762 yards with 26 touchdowns and just 13 interceptions. His 46 career touchdown passes are second only to Eli Manning's school record of 81.
"After long talks last night and this morning, we tried very hard to keep Jevan as an Ole Miss Rebel for one more year," said Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt. "We want to thank Jevan for his outstanding play as our quarterback the last two years and wish him nothing but the best. We will be keeping up with him on the next level."
In Snead's two years under center, the Rebels experienced their most successful period in almost 40 years, posting back-to-back nine-win seasons for the first time since 1961-62 and consecutive January bowl victories for the first time since 1960-61.