Hawk Item – – Recorded 89-yard touchdown on interception return vs. Illinois, which ties as sixth longest in school history . . . caused (2) or recovered (1) a fumble in three straight games in middle of the 2016 season . . . one of four juniors named to 2017 Leadership Group.
2017 Honors – – Academic All-Big Ten for third year . . . 2017 – – Not listed on the depth chart following spring practice, due to spring practice injury, and did not see action in first five games . . . started at free safety in 45-16 win over Illinois, in first action since spring injury . . . 89-yard interception return for a touchdown vs. Illinois for first career touchdown, which ties as sixth longest return in school history . . . also recorded two solo tackles, one assist and two pass break-ups . . . missed final six games of the regular season and 27-20 Pinstripe Bowl win over Boston College due to injury.
2016 Honors – – Academic All-Big Ten for second year . . . 2016 – – Started all 13 games at fres safety, recording 53 solo tackles and 32 assists . . . shared team lead with three interceptions and led team with three forced fumbles . . . also had four pass break-ups and two recovered fumbles . . . started at free safety in 45-21 win over Miami . . . recorded career-high seven tackles vs. Miami, including three solo tackles and four assists . . . started at free safety in 42-3 win over Iowa State, recording one assisted tackle as defense allowed just 291 yards total offense . . . started at free safety in 23-21 loss to North Dakota State . . . recorded six tackles vs. NDSU, including three solo stops and three assists, along with first career interceptions and five yard return . . . started at free safety in 14-7 win at Rutgers as defense allowed just one touchdown . . . career-high 13 tackles at Rutgers, including eight solo stops and five assists . . . also caused and recovered Rutgers fumble that led to winning touchdown, and recorded tackle for loss to stop Rutgers’ final fourth down attempt . . . started at free safety in 38-31 loss to Northwestern . . . recorded nine tackles vs. Northwestern, including six solo stops and three assists . . . also had forced fumble for second straight game, which led to Iowa touchdown . . . started at free safety in 14-7 win at Minnesota as defense allowed just 102 net rushing yards and 268 yards total offense . . . recorded four solo tackles and one assist at Minnesota, along with a fumble recovery and a fourth quarter pass interception . . . started at free safety in 49-35 win at Purdue, recording one solo tackle, one assist and first career pass break-up as defense allowed just 47 net rushing yards . . . started at free safety in 17-9 loss to #10 Wisconsin . . . recorded seven tackles vs. Wisconsin, including six solo tackles and one assist . . . started at free safety in 41-14 loss at #12 Penn State . . . led team with 12 tackles at PSU . . . matched career-best with eight solo stops at PSU, along with four assists and two tackles for loss . . . started at free safety in 14-13 win over #2 Michigan as defense allowed just 201 yards total offense . . . recorded five tackles vs. Michigan, including three solo tackles and two assists, along with one pass break-up . . . started at free safety in 28-0 win at Illinois as defense allowed just 61 net rushing yards and 198 yards total offense . . . recorded six tackles at Illinois, including two solo stops and four assists, along with two pass break-ups . . . started at free safety in 40-10 win over #15 Nebraska, as defense allowed just 90 net rushing yards and 217 yards total offense . . . recorded five solo tackles and two assists vs. Nebraska . . . started at free safety in 30-3 Outback Bowl loss to #17 Florida . . . recorded four solo tackles and one assist vs. Florida, along with one interception and one forced fumble.
2015 Honors – – Team Hustle Award, defense . . . Academic All-Big Ten . . . 2015 – – Saw action in all 14 games, recording 11 tackles . . . saw action in 31-14 win over Illinois State, recording one solo tackle and two assists as defense allowed 35 net rushing yards and 231 yards total offense . . . saw action in 31-17 win at Iowa State, recording one solo tackle as defense allowed no points and just 66 yards total offense in the second half . . . saw action in 27-24 win over Pitt, but had no statistics as defense allowed just 55 net rushing yards and 282 yards total offense . . . saw action in 62-16 win over North Texas, but had no statistics . . . saw action on special teams in 10-6 win at Wisconsin, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 29-20 win over Illinois, recording one solo tackle and two assists as defense allowed just 446 net rushing yards . . . saw action in 40-10 win at Northwestern, recording three solo tackles as defense allowed just 51 net rushing yards and 198 yards total offense . . . also partially blocked a Northwestern punt . . . saw action in 31-15 win over Maryland, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 35-27 win at Indiana, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 40-35 win over Minnesota, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 40-20 win over Purdue, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 28-20 win at Nebraska, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 16-13 loss to Michigan State, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 45-16 Rose Bowl loss to Stanford, recording one assisted tackle.
2014 Honors – – Team Leader Award, defense . . . Team Leader Award, special teams . . . 2014 – – Redshirted after joining the team as a walk-on.
High school honors – – Named Class A Player of the Year by Iowa Newspaper Association . . . first team all-state by Iowa Newspaper Association and Des Moines Register as a senior . . . first team all-district and district offensive MVP as a senior . . . Most Valuable Player of Class A state championship game as a senior after leading team to state title and perfect 14-0 record. . . first team all-state by Des Moines Register and second team all-state by Iowa Newspaper Association as a junior . . . earned all-district honors on defense as a junior, while starting at quarterback, defensive back and placekicker . . . all-district special teams MVP as a sophomore . . . played defensive back and was kicker as a ninth grader as team won Class A state title . . . Career – – Starter at quarterback and defensive back, along with placekicking duties, as a senior . . . rushed for 878 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior, while passing for 611 yards and 11 touchdowns, despite missing three games due to injury . . . was successful on 53-58 PAT attempts as kicker, along with making all three field goal attempts, with a long of 51 yards . . . rushed seven times for 181 yards and two touchdowns in title game, scoring on runs of 34 and 60 yards . . . also completed 4-5 passes for 110 yards and one touchdown, while making all seven PAT kicks . . . also lettered in basketball (4), golf (3), baseball (2), and track (2) . . . Iowa Newspaper Association Class 1A basketball Player of the Year as a senior . . . unanimous first team all-conference in basketball for three straight seasons . . . all-state in basketball as junior and senior . . . career totals include over 1,300 points and over 500 assists . . . led prep team to state title and first-ever state tournament appearance . . . captain of state tournament all-tournament team . . . first team all-conference and all-district shortstop in baseball as a sophomore . . . earned all-conference honors in golf as a sophomore and junior . . . placed sixth in state golf tournament as individual in leading team to third place finish at state . . . qualified for state track meet in four events as a senior, placing in three of the four events.
Personal – – Born 6/14/95 . . . open major . . . parents are Sheri and Tim Snyder . . . member of National Honor Society . . . held No. 1 academic ranking (4.0 GPA) in class of 53 students . . . earned academic all-district and all-state recognition as a senior . . . attended same high school as DL Jake Newborg . . . high school coach was Jay Rozeboom.