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Thursday, November 29, 2012

It All Begins Here - Advice to Aspiring Long Snappers

It all begins here. Every under-appreciated extra point. Every action-packed punt. Every awe-inspiring field goal. They all begin with the snap of the ball. Our Q&A series with college specialists continues with senior long snappers, who answered the following question:
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring high school long snappers, what would it be?
Dax Dellenbach, Florida State
"The biggest thing in snapping is being consistent. The hard part is to stay consistent in adverse conditions as well as when your coach asks you to do something different than what your used to. Just be willing to always adapt to what they are asking of you while maintaining your consistency. Not to be boring but the only thing that will make you consistent is practice. Be your own worst critique and settle for nothing short of perfection every time. Do not get frustrated if your times are not as fast as you want them. Become accurate and with practice and time speed will come."

Jeremy Singler, Memphis
"I think the most important thing when looking to go to college as a deep snapper is the hitch. I've seen many guys coming in as freshman that have problem fixing the hitch. It becomes more noticeable when you play against good athletes trying to block a field goal or punt."

Mark Voosen, SMU
"Go to as many camps as possible to get your name and skills out there to find a fitting college. Once they get to their college: embrace competition and use it to get better. There have been many great snappers that have come through SMU and their abilities are what drove me to be my best. My skills have increased through competing and I am a much better snapper now than I was as a freshman."

Evan Jacobsen, New Mexico
"Work hard everyday. Be academically sound. and make the best decision when choosing a school for yourself and not just for a school name."

Chris Roberson, Boise State
"Keep working at it and perfect your craft. Keep your name out of the announcers mouths and you'll be fine."

Sean Flaherty, Boston College
"No matter the situation, when ever you are going to snap you should clear your mind and let it rip. Never hesitate."

Patrick Greene, Utah
"Practice makes perfect. There are no days off if you want to be the best you can be."

Colton Reid, Air Force
"Although it is not a very well known nor well credited position, it is a highly important position to each and every team. It is a position that could earn you a college scholarship and is a skill in which only those who take interest in at a early age can perfect. Start to develop these skills in your early years of high school and help advance yourself to the next level."

Adam Steiner, Akron
"First identify your strengths and weaknesses. From there build your weaknesses up in the off season with various drills that enhance footwork, accuracy and speed. At the high school level the biggest component of snapping is accuracy. So striving for perfect snaps is the key and then your speed of the ball will fall into place from there as you get stronger."

Ty Frix, Georgia
"It is hard to limit advice to just one thing. The biggest thing I think is to remember this saying, "consistency, thou art a jewel." Snapping is an art of the least mistakes, not necessarily the best shots. College coaches want snappers that they can rely on in the most pressure filled environments. Consistency is the key. The other thing is to never take no for an answer. If you want something, you have to become numb to the word 'no'. The last thing, and maybe the thing that helped me the most in high school, is to throw everyday. Get to be friends with your quarterbacks and warm up with them. Snapping is inherently just throwing from a different position."

Zak Pedersen, Illinois
"Though it is difficult, if not foolish to offer only one piece of advice, I would say the best thing to do is find a buddy and practice. After I received my opportunity to walk-on at Illinois, I tried to snap 50-100 balls five times a week the summer leading up to my first Camp Rantoul. I'd mix up when I snapped too much, whether it was before workouts, in the middle of workouts or after workouts; during the grind of a college season you want to be freshest on Saturday, which means you're going to have to deal with soreness and muscle fatigue throughout the week when you snap in practice. Having that in mind, it's beneficial to be able to repeat the same fluid motion successfully when your muscles are not at their peak. Weight training long term is essential to maintain strength and weight throughout the season.
In short, my advice is to snap, and snap the same way, never making mechanical adjustments despite soreness. Build muscle memory so when it comes time to do it for real, you can trust yourself enough not to over think the mechanics."

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