Long Snappers Enjoying Rise in Recruiting

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rdubs's picture

An article on special teams has been up for 15 minutes without comment.  Apparently Tressel has been gone a while...

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dubjayfootball90's picture

very interesting read. Nice write-up. I always had a personal belief that being a long snapper was one of the hardest jobs. That and being a holder.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

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703Buckeye's picture

I agree with you in a way... Holder is probably the easiest job until you fumble the setup or get a bad snap, then all he!! breaks loose. 

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
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Jimmy Smits's picture

Nice read.  Coach Tress would be proud. Next how bout an article on fullback recruitment, jk

I like nachos

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vwhiegs57's picture

By the time my son's 8 yrs of age i will have him doing 100 long snaps a night! Important position! Scholarship worthy! Perfect!

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cdkmike's picture

i still dont like giving schoarships to longsnappers but if it helps us win games thats what matters go buckeyes

Michael green

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

I'm wondering, if a top-level long snapper like Bryce Haynes or Liam McCullough get the ball to the punter in the 0.60s range and then a really talented punter like Cameron Johnston "quick kicks" the ball with perfect 1/2 step form . . . under those conditions, is it possible/likely for an elite punt rusher (say, he runs a 4.3/4.4 forty) to get to the punter fast enough to block it, if the punt rusher were completely unblocked and had a relatively straight line (off the edge) to the punter? 

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MN Buckeye's picture

My thoughts while reading your post, Fido: If a train leaves Cleveland at 2:00 going 35 mph and another train leaves Cincinnati at 3:00 going 45 mph, where do they meet?

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dcbuck-i's picture

Did a quick bit of crunching. At the very fastest (4.3s 40), a potential blocker could get to the punter in a straight line in just about 1.6 seconds. That means that the punter has just about a second to take a step and get the ball off. Now consider that it's rarely ever a straight line and rarely ever a 4.3s rusher. Even add another yard to the 15 yd drop and the time goes up to 1.72 seconds. A good long snapper = less chance of a blocked kick (unless you're Ben Buchanan).

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

Thanks - my intuition was that a good, quick snap + a quick kick is pretty much unblockable.

Now, if the punter is trying to really unleash one and/or place/angle the ball, he could use extra time. Also, if the blockers can stifle the rush, the punter can wait an extra second to allow his tacklers to get downfield.

Still, it's good to know that the Buckeyes have the personnel to effectively end the threat of a punt block if necessary.

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Byaaaahhh's picture

Are you talking about if he's running at full speed at the moment of snapping?

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Groveport Heisman's picture

So now we have 2 long snappers on scholarship? If so JT would be proud.

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

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Shangheyed's picture

What do they do for practice, just snap the ball target practice like?  How would they improve speed?  Is there something to the technic like throwing motions?   Curious if they look at footwork etc. like a QB has to work on footwork? 

Might be cool to interview a specialist, indeed is curious to see what they do to train make adjustments to what?   What is behind the snapper?  What makes the snapper tick!

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Shangheyed's picture

Come on guys I said snapper...

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SonOfBuckeye's picture

Liam McCullough, the nation’s No. 2-ranked long snapper...

No. 1.

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TheSpiteHouse's picture

I wonder if Buckeye coaches use the success of Jake McQuaide to sell long snappers on the program?

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