OXFORD, Miss. — Jevan Snead has found his voice.
A celebrity since he arrived on campus nearly two years ago, Snead has often spoken about how he felt as if he had to earn his teammates’ respect. He showed up with a reputation, nothing more.
And even as the long wait for him to throw an actual pass in an actual game heightened the suspense around town — his No. 4 jersey became the most popular seller at Rebel Rags since Eli Manning’s No. 10, according to owner Terry Warren — Snead kept quiet.
He seemed so conscious of blending in with his teammates, of being the anti-star, and circumstances helped the process. Forced to sit out last season because of NCAA transfer rules, Snead directed the scout team and faded into the background.
But over the past four weeks, having gone from savior-in-waiting to starting quarterback, Snead has taken control. His confidence, according to teammates, has grown heading into Saturday’s season opener against the University of Memphis at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.