#6 Tate Snyder
Previous College: None
Status: On Scholarship
William Tate Snyder (b. Nov. 19, 1991), everyone's favorite testament to familial loyalty, is a local product who will look to contribute on special teams and at the linebacker position. Heck, just seeing the field would be a nice step.
Look, I didn't necessarily have a problem with giving him a scholarship when he was added in the 2010 class. I'm not stupid — I understand that the man in charge makes the rules, as well as the exceptions to the rules.
But the simple fact remains that Rivals.com listed Snyder as barely a Division I-caliber player, rated him as a two-star prospect and showed him with just one collegiate offer — us. That last bit is the most damning, I think.
I had defended Snyder's scholarship for a few years, but he truly has yet to contribute anything to the team.
Tell me if this was a wise use of a scholarship: In 2012, he did not see any action as a member of the squad. He was injured during the 2011 season and did not see any action as a member of the squad. He redshirted in 2010.
Yes, he's been perpetually injured, but the burden of proof is now on him to show that this was more than just preferential nepotism in action. Go out there and at least make a few tackles on special teams, son.
The only saving grace is that at this point, Snyder no longer counts against our 25-man recruiting classes in any way, and we never get to 85 scholarships in a season, so he no longer represents an opportunity cost.