Could Jevan Snead Be Better Than Tim Tebow?
Ole Miss QB Jevan Snead & Florida QB Tim Tebow
The SEC media days have gone wacky. Tim Tebow wasn't (gasp!) a unanimous choice for the All-SEC team with Jevan Snead of Ole Miss getting two votes. Could it be possible that Snead deserves the preseason pick over Tebow? Pete Fiutak takes a look at all the hullabaloo.
Tim Tebow vs. Jevan Snead
Should Snead have received more All-SEC
to give it up to those SEC types; their media days sure aren't
In case you haven't been paying attention to the
goings on down in Hoover, Alabama, this year's hullabaloo is
over the (gasp) sacrilegious decision by Steve Spurrier to (if you're
not already sitting down, take a seat and brace yourself) pick
Ole Miss QB Jevan Snead over Tim Tebow for the preseason All-SEC
Take a moment and collect yourself.
three players, Tennessee safety Eric Berry, LSU OT Ciron Black,
and Alabama WR Julio Jones were unanimous selections (I'd
probably add Florida LB Brandon Spikes and Alabama DT Terrence
Cody to that list, but it's not that big a deal).
can't vote for their own players, Florida head man Urban Meyer
chose Snead, and Spurrier said he made a mistake, but there was
enough of a buzz about who would vote for anyone other than
Tebow to spark a debate.
Speculation had run rampant. Maybe it was
Tennessee's Lane Kiffin, who can't help but poke the Florida
bear whenever he gets a chance. Maybe it was South Carolina's
Steve Spurrier, who has always been a bit off the beaten path
when it comes to come of his selections both for all-star teams
and in the polls. Or maybe it was simply a vote from a coach who
thinks Jevan Snead is better at playing football than Tim Tebow.
To be on the record, I think this year's Ole Miss team
will be way overrated and overranked, and while Snead is a good
college quarterback, and has the potential to be a great one,
Tebow, belongs on the short list of the all-time greats after
winning two national titles, a Heisman as a sophomore, finishing
as a Heisman finalist as a junior (which he would've won if the
voting had been done after the bowls) and for being the first
player to run for 20 scores and throw for 20 in a season. He has
been a transcendent player who deserves to be everyone's
first-team All-America choice as the unquestioned leader and
star of the best team in college football.
But there is
a case to be made for Snead.
Forgetting for a moment
that it's possible one coach was trying to be contrarian in
choosing Snead over Tebow, it's not totally insane to think that
Snead could be the better pick and could be in for a better
Snead might just be
If the NFL Draft was tomorrow and the choice
was between Snead and Tebow, 31 out of 32 teams would probably
take Snead, while the 32nd would probably be Oakland, because Al
Davis loves the SEC and he adores Heisman talent. At the
immediate moment, Tebow projects to be a fringe first round
selection, but he's more likely to be around a mid-second round
selection. There's no questioning his toughness, his ability to
make things happen, and his commitment, but there's some concern
that he's too much of a thrower, a shot-putter, than a pro-style
passer who can thrive at the next level. Snead, on the other
hand, might have to add some weight, but he's mobile, has a live
deep arm, and is considered a sure-thing first round pick if he
chooses to come out next year or if he waits one more season.
Assuming Sam Bradford leaves early and enters next year's draft,
Snead has a legitimate shot at being in the hunt for the first
overall selection in 2011 if he takes some big leaps forward in
his consistency, his accuracy, and his overall production.
2. Snead beat Tebow.
I've heard a couple
of talking heads mention the 31-30 Ole Miss win over Florida
last year as part of the current debate, and while it has some
bottom-line merit, it's ridiculous. Tebow completed 24-of-38
passes for 319 yards and a score and he ran for two touchdowns.
Snead ran for a score, but he only completed 9-of-20 throws for
185 yards with two scores and an interception. Yes, Tebow missed
two wide open receivers down the middle on what should've been
game-winning scores, and he failed to use his bullying rushing
ability to get a first down with everything on the line, but he
outplayed Snead. However, Tebow's mystique is more than
just being about numbers. It comes from finding ways to win and
for leading his team to victories no matter what. Snead
connected on the 86-yarder to Shay Hodge to get the job done,
while Tebow didn't close the deal.
3. Ole Miss
might have a better season.
I don't think it's going
to happen, but it's possible that Florida, as good as it should
be, could lose at LSU and against Georgia, while Ole Miss has as
squishy-soft a schedule as any SEC team could reasonably ask
for. The Alabama and LSU games are in Oxford, and the toughest
road game might be at a rebuilding and retooling Auburn. Of
course, the Rebels could certainly lose at home in one of their
tough battles and they could certainly lose at either South
Carolina and Vanderbilt early on if everything isn't clicking.
But if you believe Ole Miss is the real deal on the field, with
the schedule it has and the talent of a playmaker like Snead,
it's possible that this could be the SEC champion if everything
4. Snead might turn out to
have better weapons around him than Tebow does.
in the haze of the national title season was an inconvenient
truth: Oklahoma is probably your 2008 national champion if Percy
Harvin isn't playing. Not only is Harvin gone, but so is the
tremendously underappreciated Louis Murphy, who caught a
touchdown pass in the title game and came up with four grabs for
86 yards in the SEC Championship when Harvin was out. It's
Florida, so there's speed to burn at receiver, the tight ends
are fantastic, and the backfield is loaded at running back, but
Ole Miss has some killer playmakers who should explode. Dexter
McCluster is a do-it-all weapon who could be this year's Harvin.
Shay Hodge is a proven producer at receiver, and there are
several other targets who have all the measureables and at least
look the part. The Rebels also have a sneaky-good group of backs
to help take the heat off. Scoring points won't be a problem for
Houston Nutt's club. And finally ...
5. Tim Tebow
is freakin' annoying.
Again, I will be the Grand
Marshal of Tim Tebow Is The Greatest College Quarterback Of
All-Time parade (remember, we're talking college production and
not pro potential) if he leads Florida to another national title
and/or he wins/deserves another Heisman, but there's a lot not
to like about the Tyler Hansbrough of college football. Fine, so
he's a good guy who truly believes in the goodness of in his
missionary work, and fine, he's trying to save souls by hanging
out in prisons, but none of that has anything to do with him as
a football player or how he should be analyzed and scrutinized.
There will be a backlash from those tired of the overall Tebow
act, but there's a louder contingent of fawning "journalists"
desperate to make a big deal out of any athlete who doesn't
appear to be a total jerkweed. Beyond the churchy side of
things, the messy paint on his face (that was NOT blood) against
Florida State, the constant screaming of "let's go," the
routine after the Ole Miss loss, and having it turned into
Gospel, the not going to the Playboy mansion thing, and
everything else that has embodied all that has been Tim Tebow,
he is a great football player who does a lot of great things.
However, with the media taking everything
he does to a
different level, it's hard to not look for someone else to come
in and knock him down a peg. Snead might be good enough to do
The other issue isn't Snead vs. Tebow; it's the
woeful lack of quarterback talent in the SEC at the moment.
There's a ton of potential, but the third best quarterback going
into the season after Tebow and Snead is, um, uhhhh, Stephen
Garcia of South Carolina? Jordan Jefferson of LSU? Ryan Mallett
No matter which one, Tebow or Snead, turns
out to be the best in the SEC this year, these two will clearly
be the stars throughout. If there's this much debate now over
one coach's vote, imagine how things could turn out to be in