Eighth Grade Snapper Offered Scholarship

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It was revealed yesterday that Quentin Skinner Jr., a 13 year old rising eighth grade snapper, has received a verbal offer of a college scholarship.  Skinner attended a specialists camp at LSU this past weekend.  He made such an impression on the special teams coach at Southern University that they offered him a scholarship, assuming the same coaching staff is in place when he enters college…in 2019!

Skinner started working with snapping guru Chris Rubio when he was 10 years old. The offer is the earliest a snapper has ever been offered a college scholarship and certainly one of the earliest for any football player at any position.

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Vikings Special Teams Coach to be Suspended

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Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer will be suspended by the team for up to three games this season as a result of his conduct with former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe.  Kluwe alleges that Priefer made various inappropriate remarks to Kluwe.  An independent investigation could only confirm a single offensive statement attributable to Priefer that was later confirmed by Cullen Loeffler, the Vikings snapper.

Priefer can have his three game suspension reduced to two games if he attends anti-harrassment, diversity and sexual-orientation sensitivity training.

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A Look at the Launching Pad Camp

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NFL training camps are opening around the country and, in preparation for the upcoming season, some kickers, punters and long snappers headed to California to prepare.

Stu Wood of the Wall Street Journal recently profiled the Launching Pad, an intense camp for specialists run by former NFL kicker John Carney.  Wood’s article, which includes video highlights of the camp, describes the variety of workouts during the camp.   Josh Harris of the Falcons was one of the snappers in attendance this year.


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Pro Football Focus Rates Long Snappers

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Noted football analytics website Pro Football Focus has finally turned its sharp analysis skills to the long snapping position.  2013 was the first season PFF began grading snappers as part of their evaluation of every NFL player.  It is often difficult to truly evaluate a snapper in an objective manner. Although Longsnap.com has been carefully tracking long snapper tackles in punt coverage since 2000, that stat alone is not necessarily a great indicator of snapping ability.

PFF notes that its analysis does not just factor “botched snaps”, but also considers whether a snap was “significantly off-line”.  The grades also are composed of a snapper’s contribution in coverage and grades were lowered for such things as “missed tackles” or “poor lane-discpline”.

Like PFF does for all NFL players, snappers were graded and separated into categories of High Quality, Good Starter, Average Starter, Below Average Starter and Poor Starter.  A few snappers were included in the Not Enough Information category for a variety of reasons.  Below are the snappers in each category based on their 2013 performance.

HIGH QUALITY: Cox (BAL), Brewer (DEN), Weeks (HOU), Drescher (NO), Dorenbos (PHI) and Windt (SD).

GOOD STARTER: Leach (ARI), Jansen (CAR), Harris (CIN), Ladouceur (DAL), Muhlbach (DET) and Condo (OAK).

AVERAGE STARTER: Sanborn (BUF), Gafford (KC), Loeffler (MIN), Purdum (NYJ), McDermott (SF), Gresham (SEA) and McQuaide (STL).

BELOW AVERAGE STARTER: Harris (ATL), Goode (GB), Tinker (JAX), Denney (MIA), Aiken (NE) and Warren (PIT)

POOR STARTER: Yount (CLE), Overton (IND), DeOssie (NYG) and Brinkley (TEN)

NOT ENOUGH INFORMATION: Hartson (CHI), Cain (TB) and Sundberg (WAS)

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Top College Snapping Prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft

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Although the 2014 NFL Draft concluded just a few weeks ago, there are already a handful of college snappers that are considered the early top prospects for next year’s Draft.  Matt Dooley (Indiana), Jesse Schmitt (Purdue) and Andrew East (Vanderbilt) are among the seniors that will scouted very closely by NFL teams this season.

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CFL Snappers for 2014 Season

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The 2014 CFL season is now underway which makes this a good time to take a quick look at the long snappers for each team. Former NFL snapper Randy Chevrier is back for another season in Calgary, while former CFL snapper Chad Rempel is off trying to earn a spot with the Bears in the NFL.

The snappers for each CFL club, including the new franchise in Ottawa, are below.

British Columbia 51 Jordan Matechuk

Calgary 56 Randy Chevrier

Edmonton 53 Ryan King

Hamilton 51 Marc-Antoine Fortin

Montreal 37 Martin Bedard

Ottawa 54 Kevin Scott

Saskatchewan 62 Levi Steinhauer

Toronto 58 Jake Reinhart

Winnipeg 38 Ian Wild

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Recent Snapping Transactions

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With NFL training camps a few weeks away, this time tends to be a slow one in the NFL.  In the last few weeks, other than the retirement of veteran Pat Mannelly, the only long snapping transaction involved the Jaguars.

The Jaguars waived Trevor Gillette, one of the three college snappers signed after the Draft, and later replaced him with Charley Hughlett.  Hughlett was with the Patriots for a brief period after this off-season and was in camp with the Cowboys last year.

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