Remembering Former Stephenville QB Jevan Snead
Jevan Snead’s football career saw him experience the highs and lows that come with the desire of playing the game of football at the highest levels.
QB Jevan Snead-The High School Star
Snead was a top prospect at quarterback while playing at Stephenville High School. His prep accolades were many, including:
- 2-time all-state selection.
- 2006 Parade All-America team.
- S. Army All-American Bowl.
He was coached at Stephenville by Chad Morris, former head coach at Lake Travis and now the head coach at powerhouse Allen (TX) High School. As a junior, Snead passed for 3025 yards and 28 touchdowns. He followed that up with 3546 yards and 38 touchdowns during his senior campaign.
Snead signed to play college ball with his home state Texas Longhorns.
His career with the Longhorns was sandwiched between the Vince Young national championship season and the start of the Colt McCoy era in Austin.
Like any good football player, he yearned for more playing time so after his freshman season, he transferred to Ole Miss in 2007.
QB Jevan Snead-A Stellar Ole Miss Career
After being named the starter at quarterback for Ole Miss in 2008, he led the Rebels to a 9-4 record. He led the team to wins over #4 Florida 31-30; #18 LSU 31-13; and #8 Texas Tech 47-34.
Against the Gators, he passed for two touchdowns and rushed for one. In the LSU game, he passed for 274 yards and 2 TDs, and no INTs. And, against Texas Tech, he passed for 292 yards, 3 TDs, and one INT.
He finished the season with 2762 yards, 26 touchdowns, and 13 INTs.
In 2009, it was much of the same: 9-4 record, 2632 yards, 20 TDs, 20 INTs. He threw three TD passes in four different games that season: Vanderbilt, Southeastern La., UAB, and Mississippi State.
In the 2010 Cotton Bowl, Snead was on the receiving end of a horrific helmet-to-helmet hit that left him down on the turf. Snead later returned to the game and led the Rebels to a 21-7 victory over Oklahoma State.
The game was one of many highlights of a stellar football career. He played in 26 games with the Rebels and was 18-8 as the starter. He helped lead Ole Miss to two Top 20 finishes in the final AP Poll in 2008 and 2009.
He graduated from Ole Miss and entered the 2010 NFL draft but was not drafted. After an on-again, off-again career with the Tampa Bay Bucs, Snead signed to play with the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena League.
He was released before that season even kicked off.
Gone, But Not Forgotten
Life after football was unkind for the former football star. It is believed he suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE.
The disease is associated with repeated head trauma in sports such as boxing and football. The many symptoms related to CTE are loss of memory, impaired judgment, depression, impulse control issues, and aggression.
Snead couldn’t recall the greatest highlights of his high school and college football careers, which led him to believe he suffered from CTE. It was his wish that upon his death, his brain is donated to a university research facility that specializes in the study of CTE and its effects on the human brain.
Sadly, Jevan Snead died on September 21, 2019, at the age of 32.
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