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Snead shines in Mississippi spring game

OXFORD, Miss. | Mississippi coach Houston Nutt did his best to understate Saturday's spring game performance by quarterback Jevan Snead. But it was virtually impossible to do so.

Snead directed six consecutive touchdown drives and threw for 254 yards as the Blue defeated the Red 55-28 in the "Grove Bowl." Snead finished 11-of-15 with touchdown strikes of 12, 20 and 70 yards to Shay Hodge, Dexter McClusker and Markeith Summers, respectively.

"He's so different from others. He's got real command in the huddle and he has gotten better and better," Nutt said. "We're not that good, but you could see the execution, route running and getting out of the huddle. All those things were good."

Snead was virtually flawless for the Blue team, comprised primarily of the No. 1 units on both sides. In six scoring series, Snead led four drives of 70-plus yards as the Blue team finished with 524 yards of total offense.

"It's not hard to feel comfortable when you have such great athletes around you," Snead said. "There are always some plays you'd like to have back, but I've had a good spring and we played well today."

The scrimmage session varied some traditional rules. The Red team, given seven automatic points each quarter, didn't score any on its own. Several skill position players, including McClusker and Snead, wore "no contact" jerseys.

Nutt said he felt it was important to keep the No. 1 units together. "Some of them haven't played in an SEC game yet," he said.

Reserve quarterbacks Billy Tapp, Nathan Stanley and Clayton Moore split repetitions with the Red team and got a single series apiece with the Blue team. Tapp, who added a 44-yard run, finished 6-of-10 for 125 yards and a touchdown.

Devin Thomas, playing for both teams, led all rushers with 68 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown run in the second period for the Blue. Jacarious Lucas had four receptions for 137 yards with second half touchdown catches of 19 and 50 yards from Tapp and Stanley, respectively.

The Blue defense was led by linebacker Jason Jones with six tackles, including a sack. Defensive end Antonio Turner had a game-high two sacks.

South Carolina plays Mississippi on Sept. 24 in Columbia.