Coming into the 2009 season, there are three clear cut finalists that many believe will be in New York City come bowl season.
You have the Gator. Tim Tebow has a chance to win the trophy this season. In my eyes, he should be trying to repeat. I think he was given a little bit of the shaft last season. Sam Bradford is a great quarterback, but Tebow did everything possible that a quarterback can do to be holding the Heisman Trophy last season.
Sam Bradford is also one of the three that most people foresee in New York vying for the coveted trophy. I am still a little confused how Tebow can be the pre-season front runner with a guy coming back who won it last season? That doesn't make much sense to me.
You then have Colt McCoy. Yes "Hook em' Horns" cannot come to your mind without thinking about number 12 throwing the football. McCoy was also the Longhorn's leading rusher last season.
After naming those three quarterbacks, who comes next in the list? Is it Eric Berry the do it all safety out of Tennessee? Is it Jahvid Best the speedster from Cal? Maybe it could even be the Cowboys very own Dez Bryant.
All of those players will be making significant splashes all season long competing and making strong cases for why they should make the final cut come December.
One of my favorites coming into this season is none of the above though. A man who has all the promise and depending on how his season goes could be up for consideration as the best player in the nation is Jevan Snead.
He doesn't have the superstar freakish skills that Tebow possesses. He doesn't throw a ball as tight as McCoy does, and he doesn't have the same skilled receivers set that Bradford has. What he does have that makes a college quarterback so great is leadership skills and the uncanny awareness that the above three quarterbacks have.
Coming into this season, all eyes will be on Snead to see what he has. Last year as a Sophomore, there was room for mistakes.
While he made mistakes, he still finished the season with 2,762 passing yards and 26 touchdowns. Even more impressive may be his passer rating which was 145.5. He threw for three touchdowns in his bowl victory against a very talented Texas Tech team.
Look for Ole Miss to leave it up to their quarterback when games are on the line. I would not be surprised to see Snead come away with some big wins and having big performance while doing so.
Remember Gator fans, the Rebels came into Gainesville last season. This is a place where young quarterbacks are supposed to tremble. This year, he is at home and has another season under his belt. One season makes a world of difference and helps to prepare the younger players.
I look for Jevan Snead to have an outstanding year maybe reaching the 32 to 35 touchdown mark and throwing for well over 3,000 yards maybe even closer to 4,000.
This gives the opposition much to be scared of. I plan on seeing this Junior in New York at the end of the season and all of you should too.
He has all the intangibles and even though the Rebels most likely will not go undefeated in the tough SEC. he could be playing in a BCS game at the end of the season. This is something that all Ole Miss Rebel fans should be excited for!