AT STANFORD: Leader of a talented group of linebackers...fifth-year senior has started 34 of 36 games over the last three seasons...will transition from "sam" to "mike" linebacker this season ...one of the players who sets the tone for the Stanford defense with his physical presence and leadership skills...has started all but two games in his Stanford career...did not start the 2006 season opener at Oregon or the Arizona State game in 2007...team's active career leader in tackles (237), sacks (13.0), fumbles forced (10), fumbles recovered (4) and tackles-for-loss (24.5)...also has added one career interception and four pass breakups.
2008 (SENIOR): Started all 12 games including 10 at the "sam" linebacker spot and the final two at the "mike"...finished sixth on the team in total tackles with 58, including 36 solo efforts...was second on the team with 6.5 tackles-for-loss and tied for fourth with 3.0 sacks... finished tied for fourth in the Pac-10 with UCLA's Reggie Carter and teammate Tom Keiser in forced fumbles with a 0.25 per game average...had a season-high eight tackles at Notre Dame and UCLA...also tied his career high with 2.0 sacks against the Bruins...had seven stops at TCU and USC...broke his right ankle early in the Cal game and did not return...opened the campaign for a quartet of prestigious awards, including the Bronko Nagurski and Chuck Bednarik Awards honoring the nation's top defensive player; the Butkus Award honoring the nation's top linebacker; and the Lombardi Award honoring the country's top lineman.
2007 (JUNIOR): Appeared in all 12 games and made 11 starts...earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 Conference honors...made seven starts at outside linebacker and the last four games of the season at middle linebacker...finished among the Pac-10 leaders in virtually every category, including fumbles forced (4-t-1st), tackles-for-loss (14.5-5th), fumbles recovered (3-t-4th), sacks (8.0-t-7th) and tackles (89-t-9th)...led Stanford in sacks and forced fumbles while co-leading the team in fumbles recovered and ranking second in tackles and TFL...tied for second in quarterback hurries (4)...had at least nine tackles in seven straight games from Oct. 22-Nov. 3, including a career-best 16 at Washington...had four double-figure tackle games on the year vs. Oregon (10), USC (10), Oregon State (12) and Washington (16)...recorded 5.5 TFL in his final two games against Notre Dame (3.0) and California (2.5)...earned the Deswarte-Eller Award, given annually to Stanford's most outstanding junior player...also earned the Jack Huston Award, awarded to the player who best exemplifies aggressiveness, exceptional performance and unheralded efforts.
2006 (SOPHOMORE): Turned in an impressive season to earn his first varsity letter...appeared in all 12 games and made 11 starts...earned first team Pac-10 Freshman and second team Pac-10 All-Conference marks...finished third on the team with 83 tackles to rank 10th among conference leaders...tied for fourth in the conference and led the team with three forced fumbles...had two forced fumbles against Navy in the inaugural game at new Stanford Stadium and added a third in Stanford's 20-3 win at Washington...also finished with 3.5 tackles-for-loss (-20 yards), 2.0 sacks (-17 yards), an interception and two pass breakups...had his two sacks in back-to-back games against USC and Washington...recorded his first career interception against San Jose State...had double-digit tackles in three games against Navy (11), Washington State (10) and Notre Dame (10)...finished with nine tackles, including eight solo efforts, against Oregon State.
2005 (FRESHMAN): Did not see game action.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Graduated from Monte Vista High School in Spring Valley, Calif. ...named to SuperPrep's All-Far West team and PrepStar's All-West squad as a senior...named San Diego County's Defensive Player of the Year in 2004...finished with 95 tackles and 18 sacks and added seven touchdowns as a tight end...second team all-state choice and first team All-CIF San Diego selection...Grossmont League and East San Diego County Defensive Player of the Year...finished with 83 tackles and 17.5 sacks as a junior, earning first team All-CIF San Diego Section and East County honors...also earned Grossmont League MVP honors...four-year basketball letterman who earned first team all-conference honors as a junior...San Diego County's National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete award winner...majoring in management science and engineering.
Snyder's Career Highs Tackles: 16 vs. Washington, Nov. 3, 2007 Tackles for Loss: 3.0 vs. Notre Dame, Nov. 24, 2007 Sacks: 2.0, twice; last at UCLA, Oct. 18, 2008 Interceptions: 1 at San Jose State, Sept. 9, 2006