Week Four in Review

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Week Four is complete and, after one quarter of the NFL season, the snapping position remains consistent and stable.  However, kickers had a very rough week. There have been 17 missed PATs already this season, including four this week.  There were also a total of 14 missed field goals, prompting some kicker changes.

A number of snappers looking for jobs had workouts prior to this week’s action.  Patrick Scales (Carolina/Chicago), Danny Aiken (Carolina), Luke Ingram (Giants) and Tyler Ott (Giants) all earned tryouts.

Six snappers recorded tackles in punt coverage in Week Four, led by Zak DeOssie (Giants), who had a tackle and an assist.  Clark Harris (Bengals), LP Ladouceur (Cowboys) and Carson Tinker (Jaguars) had solo tackles and Jon Weeks (Texans) and Kyle Nelson (49ers) each recorded assisted tackles.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Four is below.

Week Four NFL Long Snappers Chart

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Tulane Snapper Golub Makes History

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History was made today as snapper Aaron Golub of Tulane became the first legally blind player to appear in a Division One football game.  Golub, who was featured in this Longsnap.com story last year, handled the final extra point attempt in Tulane’s win over Central Florida.

Golub may soon be joined by another blind snapper, Jake Olsen, who made national news last month when he was permitted to join USC as a walk-on.

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Week Three in Review

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Week Three of the NFL season is complete and, once again, there have not been any major snapping issues.  The new extra point, however, continues to be unpredictable, with 14 misses through Week Three after just nine being missed all of last season.

Seven snappers recorded tackles in punt coverage, led by Jonathan Weeks of the Texans who had a solo and assisted tackle.  Andrew DePaola (Buccaneers), Carson Tinker (Jaguars), Jon Dorenbos (Eagles), Clark Harris (Bengals), John Denney (Dolphins) and Thomas Gafford (Bears) each recorded solo tackles.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Three is below.

Week Three NFL Long Snappers Chart

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Week Two in Review

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Week Two of the 2015 NFL season is complete and the snapping position remains stable.  The extra point rule change has made the normally automatic extra point a bit less automatic, as nine extra points have been missed so far this year.  There were a total of eight missed extra points all of last season.

Four snappers made tackles in punt coverage this week, led by Beau Brinkley of the Titans who had two solo tackles.  Jon Weeks (Texans) and Charley Hughlett (Browns) each recorded solo tackles, while JJ Jansen (Panthers) added an assisted tackle.

The NFL Long Snapper Chart after Week Two is below.

Week Two NFL Long Snappers Chart

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2015 Division One Long Snappers

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Longsnap.com’s exclusive long snapper chart covering each Division One football team is now complete and available for the 2015 season.  The starting punt snapper for each team is listed by conference, along with the snapper’s uniform number, height, weight and class year.

The attached chart was prepared over the last few weeks, so there may have already been some changes due to injuries or performance.  Special thanks again to my son, Henry, who spent many hours with me preparing this list.

You can also click on the D1 Long Snappers page for the charts from the 2010 season to the present.

2015 Division One Long Snappers

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Week One in Review

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Week One of the NFL season is complete and there is some news at the snapping position.  Just days after the Texans gave Jon Weeks a contract extension, the Jaguars did the same with Carson Tinker, who, like Weeks, is now under contract until the end of the 2019 season.

In game action, three snappers made their NFL regular season debuts, with rookie Joe Cardona in New England and first-year players Charley Hughlett in Cleveland and James Winchester in Kansas City.  Three snappers recorded tackles in punt coverage this week with Jon Condo (Raiders) tallying two solo tackles, while Andrew DePaola (Buccaneers) and Josh Harris (Falcons) each had solo stops.  With the new longer extra point attempt rules in place, kickers went 71/75 in extra point attempts during Week One.

Finally, following final cuts and with the season now underway, many NFL teams are fine-tuning their “emergency” or “ready” lists in case a need arises at the snapping position.  Among the snappers that have received workouts in recent weeks are Andrew East (Seattle), Tyler Ott (Tampa Bay), Chris Highland and Rick Lovato (Miami) and Patrick Scales (Washington).

The NFL Long Snappers Chart following Week One is below and is updated to include the two contract extensions and more accurate height and weight information for each snapper.

Week One NFL Long Snappers Chart


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Snapping in the National Media

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Long snappers always make for a good story and this week is no different as AP writer Dennis Waszak Jr. published a story today entitled “Oh Snap! Life of an NFL Long Snapper a Pressure-Packed Gig.” The story features interviews with current NFL snappers, including Tanner Purdum, Beau Brinkley, Zak DeOssie and John Denney, to highlight their unique job.

Long snappers were also a component of an interesting article on special teams coaches, or the lack thereof, in the college game.  Jon Solomon of CBSSports.com examined how, at most top programs, kickers, punters and snappers are largely on their own for guidance and instruction.  Solomon’s article, called “Why don’t college football staffs have kicking, punting coaches?” is worth a read to get a sense how coaching limits impact the kicking game in college.

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