Linebacker Tyson Gale, who had a good football IQ if not good speed, and punter Kase Whitehead. Whitehead excelled at moonshots with long hang times, and those kicks held current Indianapolis Colt T.Y. Hilton to zero punt-return yards in the 2011 bowl against Florida International. Ahmed Shakoor was a hot-and-cold cornerback who contributed as a redshirt freshman and eventually started.
Snyder loaded up on junior-college players, but only Jimmy Rogers and Brandon Burns became an effective starters. Rogers, did so for just one year - the 325-pounder arrived with a Division II body and had to develop himself in the weight room. Burns moved down from safety to linebacker.
Chuck Walker, a quick receiver, started in 2009 and 2010 after a redshirt year, with Andre Portis a reserve linebacker. Snyder didn't get much out of the other jucos, including four-star tight end Maurice Graham and equally touted receiver O.J. Murdoch.
Graham broke his arm during practice and it ended his career, and Murdoch didn't take a practice rep here. Tragically, he died of an apparent suicide in July 2012.
John Youboty had a big career - at Temple. The defensive end was ruled medically ineligible at MU because of a congenital narrowing of the spinal column but was well enough to lead the Owls with five sacks in 2012.
Others not making it to senior day were Jamie Hatten, Leshawn Henderson, Cory McCutchen, Jordan Taylor, Zach Tenuta, Demetrius Thomas and Jamal Wilson.
If nothing else, that class traveled an interesting path and played in two bowls. But the big gambles didn't pan out and neither did Snyder's tenure, which ended in November 2009.
Feb. 6, 2008 also was the day Snyder announced the hiring of John Shannon as offensive coordinator. Add your own punch lines here.
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