Quarterback Jevan Snead is a native Texan, so when he found out Ole Miss was headed back to his home state for the second straight year, he was all for it.
"Myself personally, I'm from around here so I feel extremely lucky to be able to play in front of all my friends and my family," Snead says. "You know, I had a great time last year and this year, they're trying to make everything bigger and better."
During his early days in Texas, Snead played Class 1-A ball in Eden, Texas. After he left, Eden moved to six man football while Snead moved on to the Cowboy Capital of the World in Stephenville, Texas.
"Am I cowboy," Snead asks. "I don't know if I consider myself a Cowboy or anything like that, growing up we had a ranch."
Snead's last high school game at Stephenville was a 41-to-38 loss in the Class 4-A Division One State Semi-finals. It was against Highland Park lead by current Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.
These days, Snead has become just the second Ole Miss quarterback to throw for 2,000 yards in back to back seasons. Eli Manning was the first. Snead may be from Texas, but he's not a laid back Texan.
"He's not laid back now," says Offensive Coordinator Kent Austin. "He'll be laid back in an environment like this, but he's not wired that way. He's pretty high strung."
"He's a good teammate," says Wide Receiver Shay Hodge. "As far as on the field, he's got a rocket. He can throw it through a chair."
Snead originally signed with Texas, but transferred to Ole Miss. It's a decision he says he has not regretted. "Leaving Texas was a tough decision, but in the long run I can look back and say it's been great for me," Snead says. The fact that I landed in such a great place and found a second home is just amazing. I consider myself blessed.
What Snead remembers most from last year's game was not just the win over Texas Tech, but playing in the last Cotton Bowl game in Fair Park. Now he has a chance to be a part of the first team to win a Cotton Bowl game in Arlington.
"That's the goal," Snead says. "That's obviously the goal and that's what we're going for."
And just to make sure his friends and family are there, his dad has already secured 54 tickets and counting.