Kevin Kolb denied trade rumors, Jevan Snead said he hasn’t given much thought to what he will do after his junior year at Mississippi and Kendal Briles can’t wait for the upcoming season at Baylor.
The three former high school greats combined to provide Stephenville with NCAA Division I talent at the quarterback position from 1999-2005. Each returned to the high school on Friday for the first annual Kevin Kolb Football Camp. Past Jacket greats John Harrell - a college assistant coach at Tarleton State - and Sterling Doty - an assistant at Cooper High School in Abilene - were also part of the camp staff.
Kendal Briles, the son of former Stephenville and current Baylor head coach Art Briles, led the Yellow Jackets to the 1999 Class 4A Division II championship before going to Wolforth Frenship as a senior in 2000 because his father was named running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas Tech. Kendal, who now coaches wide receivers at Baylor, remains the only player ever in Texas to win Class 4A offensive player of the year honors at two schools.
Kolb directed the Stephenville offense in 2001 and 2002 before going on to become the career passing leader at the University of Houston, where he played for Briles in between the head coach’s brief stay at Texas Tech and his current post at Baylor. Kolb was selected 36th overall in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft by Philadelphia, where he remains the backup to All-Pro Donovan McNabb.
ESPN Insider recently reported rumors of Kolb possibly being put on the trading block, something he denied on Friday.
“I’m not worried about that because it’s not true. I talked to (Philadelphia Head Coach and Executive Vice President of Football Opertions) Andy (Reid), and I’m not going anywhere,” Kolb said. “I just put my trust in God and believe that whatever happens will be for the best.”
Kolb has seen action in six games through two NFL seasons with a completion rate of 50 percent.
Snead served as the Jackets’ signal caller in 2004 and 2005. He was named to the Parade and US Army All-America teams before signing with Texas and eventually transferring to Mississippi. Ole Miss won six of its final seven games last season, including a regular season victory over eventual national champ Florida and a win in the Cotton Bowl over Texas Tech.
Snead was 184-327 passing (56.3 percent) for 2,762 yards and twice as many touchdowns, 26, as interceptions, 13, in 2008. He was recently billed by Sports Illustrated’s Web site as a possible first round draft choice if he chooses to leave Mississippi for the NFL after his upcoming junior season. Snead, however, says he’s not worried about his draft status at this time.
“I really haven’t thought about all that because it’s not happening yet. When the time comes I’ll discuss it with my parents and family and we’ll see what’s best,” Snead said.
The only thing Snead is focused on is the upcoming season at Ole Miss, which is ranked in the top 10 in at least three early preseason polls. The Rebels are No. 6 according to Phil Steele’s 2009 College Football Preview and No. 9 according to both Texas Football Magazine and Lindy’s.
“I think if we play like we’re capable we definitely have a shot to win the SEC. That’s the ultimate goal is to win the conference title and play for the national championship,” Snead said.
Steele’s preview ranks Snead No. 5 among draft-eligible quarterbacks.
Kendal Briles, meanwhile, can’t wait to get the season started at Baylor, which Texas Football predicts will reach a bowl game for the first time since losing the 1994 Alamo Bowl to Washington State.
“We’re just ready for it to get here,” Briles said of the start to the season. “These are the longest months, when you know its coming and you’re just waiting for it. We created a lot of excitement with our system and our quarterback (Robert Griffin) last year and we’re ready to build on that.”
The exciting world of college ball and the NFL was put on hold on Friday as the Stephenville natives instead turned their attention to more than 100 kids who turned out for the camp, which was sponsored by Bruner Motors and served as a fundraiser for Erath County United Way.
“For me it’s just great getting to finally come back here and give something back to the school and community that has given so much to me and my family,” said Briles, whose father led Stephenville to four state titles in the 1990s.
Kolb says he enjoys getting to know the youth in his hometown.
“The best thing is getting to keep in touch with all these kids. It gives me a chance to get to know them and put names with faces so I can follow them through the program here.”
Kolb says it’s the kids, and the community they are raised in, that makes Stephenville football so special.
“The passion among the fans in the community keeps the tradition going,” Kolb said. “Coach Briles created that burning passion here, and it’s something he instilled in me (at Houston). When you look around you can still see that passion here now.”