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Willie Snead

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No. 83 New Orleans Saints
Position: Wide Receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-10-17) October 17, 1992 (age 27)
Place of birth: Winter Park, Florida
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Career information
High school: Muskegon Heights High School
College: Ball State
Undrafted: 2014
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • Second player in Ball State history to have two 1,000 yard receiving seasons (2012 & 2013)
  • More games with 100+ yards receiving than any other player in Ball State history, currently holding the record with 12
  • First-team All-MAC (2013)
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Willie Snead IV (born October 17, 1992) is an American football wide receiver. He played college football at Ball State.[1] He was signed by the Cleveland Browns as an Undrafted Free Agent on May 10, 2014 and has since drifted through the practice squads of the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints.

High school

Willie Snead IV played his freshman year at Glade Central High School in Belle Glade, Fla. The Snead family then moved to Michigan where Willie Snead III took the head coaching job at Holland Christian in Holland, Mich. Holland Christian went 14-0 in 2008 winning the state championship. Willie Snead IV as a sophomore was one of the top receivers with 35 receptions, 543 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns.[2]

Another move to Muskegon took Wellie Snead IV to Muskegon Heights High School where he would play his final two years of high school football. His senior year, Snead was named Michigan Division 5-6 Player of the Year by the Associated Press.[3] At Muskegon Heights Snead played quarterback and in his senior year he threw for 2,200 passing yards with 13 touchdowns and one interception. He rushed for an additional 1,083 yards and nine TDs. Snead also played defense as a linebacker and safety with one interception and 76 tackles.[4]

College career

2011 season

Willie Snead’s first start for the Cardinals in 2011 was against Army and he would start in 4 games. Snead would make his first start a memorable one raking up 180 receiving yards (11th best single game receiving yardage in Ball State history) and 1 touchdown.[5] His first career reception came at South Florida and his first career touchdown catch came vs. Buffalo. Ball State would finish the season 6-6 with another win over Army 48-21 and two notable losses to #22 ranked South Florida and #2 ranked Oklahoma. Snead would finish his freshman season with 327 receiving yards and 2 touchdown catches.[6]

2012 season

In the 2012 season Snead started in 12 games and played in all 13. At the end of the 2012 season Snead was tied for third on Ball State's single season receptions and third for single season receiving yards. In his sophomore season Snead ended the year 25th in the nation on receiving yards per game averaging 88 yards per game. Snead would finish the season with 89 receptions, 1148 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns. His 9 touchdown catches gave him the6th best single-season record in Ball State history.[7]

The Ball State Cardinals would finish the 2012 season 9-3 with important wins over #25th ranked Toledo 34-27, the then Big East’s South Florida 31-27 and for a second year in a row the Big Ten’s Indiana University 41-39. The three regular season losses came to # 12 ranked Clemson, Kent State and Northern Illinois. Both Kent State and Northern Illinois would go on to be ranked in the top 25. Willie Snead would start for Ball State in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl game in St. Petersburg Florida where they were ultimately defeated by the University of Central Florida 38-17.[8]

2013 season

Snead helped to lead the Ball State Cardinals to another successful season, finishing 10-3. Willie Snead and quarterback Keith Wenning under head coach Pete Lembo helped the Ball State Cardinals become bowl eligible for the third consecutive year. Snead has had 100 yards or more in receptions in 9 games in 2013. He finished the 2013-14 season with 106* receptions for 1516* yards and 15* touchdowns. With 1,516 yards, Snead IV now holds the single-season receiving record at Ball State.[9] [10]

Snead entered the 2014 NFL Draft after the 2013 season.[11][12]

Statistics

Willie Snead is one of only two players in Ball State history to have two 1,000 yard receiving seasons. Snead ranks 4th in Ball State history with 223 career receptions. With 2,991 career receiving yards he ranks and 3rd in Ball State history. Willie Snead has more games with 100+ yards receiving than any other player in Ball State history, currently holding the record with 13. Snead’s 26 touchdown catches currently ranks third in career TD receptions at Ball State.[13]

Professional career

Willie Snead IV went undrafted in 2014 but he quickly signed as an undrafted free agent with the Cleveland Browns.[14] Snead gave a strong showing during the Browns training camp and secured playing time in the preseason games. [15] In the Browns second preseason game vs the Washington Redskins Snead pulled down two passes from Johnny Manziel. Both were called back due to penalties called on other players. His first true reception came on a 15 yard pass from Connor Shaw. Snead finished the game with 3 receptions for 29 yards. At the end of the game Snead also tipped a Hail Mary pass into the hands of TE Emmanuel Ogbuehi. Snead made the final round of cuts with the Browns before being released. After an unsuccessful tryout with the New York Giants, Snead signed with the Carolina Panthers practice squad on 23 Sep, 2014.[16] Snead became a member of the New Orleans Saints's practice squad on 11 Dec, 2014.[17]

Awards

  • Selected as a Biletnikoff Award Semifinalists in 2012 & 2013[18]
  • 2012 All-MAC First Team Offense
  • 2013 All-MAC First Team Offense[19]
  • 2013 Honorable Mention WR All-American by Sports Illustrated[20]

Personal life

His father, Willie Snead,[21] played wide receiver at Virginia and Florida and was later drafted by the New York Jets in the 12th round of the 1989 NFL Draft.[22]

References

  1. ^ "Player Profile". Ball State Athletics. Ball State Athletics. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Player profile". Maxpreps.com. Maxpreps.com. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Mattson, Mike. "Muskegon Heights' Willie Snead IV named state's top football player in Divisions 5-6, three other locals earn all-state honors". Muskegon Chronicle. mlive.com. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Beiswanger, Bert. "Ball State’s Willie Snead: Big Willie Style". kentsterling.com. kentsterling.com. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Player Profile". Ball State Athletics. Ball State Athletics. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Player Profile". ESPN.com. ESPN.com. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Player Profile". Ball State Athletics. Ball State Athletics. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Player Profile". Ball State Athletics. Ball State Athletics. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Records Fall in 55-14 Football Victory over Miami". Ball State Athletics. Ball State Athletics. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Player Profile". Ball State Athletics. Ball State Athletics. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  11. ^ Ball State receiver Willie Snead to enter NFL draft
  12. ^ Ball State's Willie Snead will bypass senior season for NFL draft
  13. ^ "Player Profile". Ball State Athletics. Ball State Athletics. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  14. ^ Vance, Bryan. "Ball State's Willie Snead Signed By Cleveland Browns". hustlebelt.com. hustlebelt.com. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  15. ^ Lyndall, Craig. "Willie Snead and the elusive undrafted starter". waitingfornextyear.com. waitingfornextyear.com. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "Ex-Cardinal Snead signs with Panthers". www.thestarpress.com. A Gannett Company. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  17. ^ Breiner, Ben. "Ball State's Snead makes Saints practice squad". www.thestarpress.com. Gannett. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  18. ^ "Biletnikoff Award Announces 2013 Semifinalists". biletnikoffaward.com. biletnikoffaward.com. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  19. ^ Scheessele, Keith. "2013 All-MAC Teams Announced, Huskies Lead the Way". SB Nation. hustlebelt.com. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  20. ^ By SI.com staff. "College Football All America Team". SI.com. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  21. ^ Breiner, Ben (25 November 2013). "The son of a coach, football is in Willie Snead IV's blood". indystar.com. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  22. ^ "Draft History". NFL.com. NFL.com. Retrieved 26 November 2013.