OXFORD, MS (WLOX) - Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead announced Thursday that he will bypass his senior season with the Rebels in order to enter the upcoming 2010 National Football League draft.
"After much prayer and deliberation, I have decided to forego my final year at Ole Miss and enter the NFL Draft," Snead said. "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."
A two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient, Snead concluded his undergraduate degree in Marketing in December.
"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. "I'm sure the fact that he has already finished his degree played a role in his decision, and I do respect his decision. He is young man of great character and Jevan will always be a member of the Ole Miss family. 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.
A native of Stephenville, Texas, Snead is just the second Ole Miss signal-caller to reach 2,000 passing yards in consecutive seasons, after throwing for 2,632 yards on 191-of-351 passing with 20 touchdowns and 20 interceptions this year as a junior.
His 5,394 passing yards is the second-highest two-year total in school history and ranks fifth all-time for a Rebel career. Snead's tenure includes a school-record streak of eight straight games with multiple touchdown passes and 16 total games in his career.
He also turned in a streak of least one TD pass in 13 consecutive games, which stands three behind Eli Manning's school record. Snead's 46 career scoring tosses are also second only to Manning.
Information from the University of Mississippi Media Relation Department was used in this story.