D3Football.com All-West Region for Snitker and Bronkema
Dec 8, 2015
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DUBUQUE, Iowa - The University of Dubuque football team's senior linebacker Blaine Snitker and senior offensive lineman Tanner Bronkema were each named to the Third Team, All-West Region by D3Football.com.
After helping the Spartans win the 2015 Iowa Conference title, the pair became the seventh and eighth Spartans to be named to the All-Region team since 2011, their last IIAC title.
Snitker battled injuries early, but returned to anchor a Spartan defense that led the IIAC in scoring and total defense during league play. A first time All-West Region award winner, Snitker finished the season with 54 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, and one interception in eight games. The three-time All-IIAC selection has already been named IIAC Defensive MVP, IIAC Defensive Performer of the Week, a William V. Campbell trophy national semifinalist, a Cliff Harris Award national finalist, Academic All-IIAC, and First Team CoSIDA Academic All-District.
The Waukon, Iowa native majors in mathematics and secondary education.
Bronkema claimed All-West Region honors for the first time after starting 10 games and holding down an offensive line that boasted the IIAC's No. 2 scoring attack and No. 3 total offense during an undefeated, seven-game IIAC slate. The Forreston, Ill. native helped bolster a line that allowed the second fewest sacks (8) across conference play. Bronkema has also been honored as an Academic All-Iowa Conference award recipient.
The 2015 First Team All-IIAC selection majors in sport marketing & management.