If you only looked at the box score following today's 45-14 win against Memphis, Jevan Snead's stats would be deceptive. He finished the day an average 12-22 for 175 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
However, his play didn't look like that of a future first-round pick in the NFL Draft. Even against a vastly inferior team that didn't put a lot of pressure on, Snead's weaknesses were exposed.
Too often he seemed to trust his arm strength, over-throwing several of his receivers. Snead needed to do a better job of stepping into his throws and not put so much air under them. He also threw a couple passes into double coverage, instead of going through his progressions.
Overall, it was a wildly inconsistent day for Snead. Some of his passes were NFL-level passes. Too many others were forced. It was like watching Jay Cutler at Vanderbilt all over again.
Other notes from the game:
- Defensive end Greg Hardy looked really good. He was fast off the snap and physical against the run. He missed about a quarter of playing time with an injury but came back strong. During one second half play, he blew up an option and caused a fumble he recovered.
- Nice to see Mississippi defensive tackle Jerrell Powe get on the field. He had some personal problems after high school and barely played last season while getting back in shape. Now at 330 pounds, the junior looks like play maker. It's too early to think of him as a great NFL Draft prospect, but he routinely got into the Memphis back field to disrupt plays. Stopping a fourth-and-1 early in the fourth quarter was especially impressive.