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Former Buffalo QB Cole Snyder transfers to Eastern Michigan

Snyder started every game for the Bulls in 2022 and 2023, leading them to a Camellia Bowl victory.

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One MAC starting quarterback is returning to the conference in 2024... but with a different team.

Former Buffalo quarterback Cole Snyder announced an internal conference transfer Tuesday, relocating across Lake Ontario to Eastern Michigan.

This is Snyder’s second transfer in a three-season span. The Lakewood, NY native originally launched his college career at Rutgers and spent 2019, 2020, and 2021 as a member of the Scarlet Knights. He played six games as a reserve to register his first significant action in 2021 before transferring to Buffalo. Upon arriving in MAC country, Snyder instantly earning the starting gig for Maurice Linguist’s program.

Snyder held full-time starter duties ever since. He started all 13 games for Buffalo in 2022, leading the Bulls to a 7-6 record and a Camellia Bowl victory over Georgia Southern. Snyder collected 3,030 passing yards that season with 18 passing touchdowns and eight interceptions. He became the third quarterback in program history to surpass 3,000 yards in a season, joining 2008 Drew Willy and Tyree Jackson.

In 2023, he started all 12 games for Buffalo before announcing a transfer for his final season of eligibility. His final year as a Bull included 2,109 passing yards, 13 passing touchdowns, and nine interceptions. Late in the season, Buffalo turned to a two-quarterback system, utilizing Snyder as the aerial-oriented quarterback and CJ Ogbonna as the run-first option. Coincidentally, the quarterback’s final start at Buffalo was against his new school back on Nov. 21.

He leaves Buffalo as the seventh-leading career passer in the record books with 5,139 yards, earning an identical ranking in the passing touchdowns department with 31.

Snyder joins an Eastern Michigan squad which recently lost 2023 starter Austin Smith to the transfer portal. The soon-to-be sixth-year senior likely takes over as the No. 1 option in 2024 for a program that is no stranger to utilizing transfer quarterback talent in the Chris Creighton era. Recent quarterback transfer acquisitons by Eastern Michigan include Tyler Wiegers from Iowa and Ben Bryant from Cincinnati.

The MAC has yet to reveal its 2024 schedule. The league will scrap divisions, so Buffalo’s affiliation with the MAC East and Eastern Michigan’s membership in the MAC West are no longer relevant in determining those teams’ respective conference opponents. But for now, it is undetermined whether Snyder will get a crack at his former school next season.