2015 Husker profile: Matt Snyder

The true freshman tight end could make an impact in 2015.

Matt Snyder

Position: TE

Height/Weight: 6-foot-5/245-pounds

High School: California HS (CA)

Year: True Freshman

2014 review:
2014 all-EBAL first-team tight end … 2014 all-EBAL second-team defensive end … won 2014 Peter Villa Award, given to most outstanding player in the East Bay … Prep2Prep all-North Section first-team tight end … caught 17 passes for 408 yards and four touchdowns in 2014 … on defense he made 42 tackles 1.5 sacks, and two pass breakups.

2015 preview:

The tight end position needs help. The spot all but went away as part of the offense under Tim Beck last season, and the lack of production proves it. There were 24 receiving touchdowns last fall for Nebraska, of which only three went to tight ends.

Cethan Carter missed some of the spring, giving guys like Trey Foster and Sam Cotton a bigger chance to impress, but they aren’t exactly offensive play-makers at the positions.

BRR projection: Despite Snyder’s size, you forget how big he is because of his fluidity as an athlete. He can really run and has a good first step getting out of his stance. Snyder uses that height and size well when the pass is high and Snyder has to go up and get it at the highest point. Something else that might get overlooked when it comes to Snyder is his understanding of the route that he is running.

There is little doubt in our mind that Snyder will see the field as a true freshman at Nebraska alongside Carter. He understands route-running, and has good quickness and size. He’s exactly what the position needed.

How he ended up in Lincoln:
Snyder originally committed to Oregon State, but changed his commitment after visiting Lincoln on an official visit. Michigan and Jim Harbaugh came in at the 11th hour, but after an official visit to Ann Arbor, Snyder remained committed to Mike Riley.

"Lincoln is a place where I know I can be successful on the football field and in the classroom," Snyder told Big Red Report. "It is a great place with amazing fans and great support."

During his three years with the varsity program, the Grizzlies went 30-10.

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