2018 Phil Steele All-American Long Snappers

Phil Steele’s 2018 College Football Preview is out and remains the premier source for college football information.  To his credit, Steele always includes four long snappers on his Preseason All-American Team.

This year’s team features Dan Godsil of Indiana as the First Team snapper after being selected Third Team on last year’s preseason team.  JT Bale (Colorado), Ben Makowski (Purdue) and Blake Ferguson (LSU) round out the snappers.

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Posted in College, Snapping in the Media

Snapping Transactions As Off-Season Workouts End

NFL teams are now in a break period before returning for training camp in late July.  Yesterday brought a flurry of moves involving snappers that may be the last transactions until training camp.

Andrew East was signed by the Jaguars to compete with Carson Tinker and Colin Holba was waived.  Christian Kuntz was also waived by the Broncos.  The Patriots used this time to extend the contract of Joe Cardona, who was drafted in 2015, for another four years.

Posted in NFL, Transactions

CFL Snappers for 2018

The Canadian Football League season starts tonight and the snapping position around the league remains stable.  Just one snapper, Kevin Malcolm in Hamilton, was not an opening day snapper last season.  Bradley Northnagel, who made news by signing with Edmonton in training camp, was released recently, ending the tenure of a rare import American snapper in Canada.

The starting long snappers for each CFL team is below.

British Columbia 40 Mike Benson

Calgary 54 Pierre-Luc Caron

Edmonton 53 Ryan King

Hamilton 54 Kevin Malcolm

Montreal 37 Martin Bedard

Ottawa 50 Louis-Phillippe Bourassa

Saskatchewan 46 Jorgen Hus

Toronto 58 Jake Reinhart

Winnipeg 46 Chad Rempel

Posted in CFL, NFL, Transactions

Latest Snapping Moves

Off-season workouts conclude for NFL teams in the next few weeks and snapping transactions have slowed down.  The Chargers did waive Anthony Kukwa, who was signed earlier this year.

In addition, there was a very rare transaction in the CFL, as the Edmonton Eskimos signed Bradley Northnagel, who recently spent time with the Raiders this off-season.  CFL teams have traditionally used Canadian snappers due to roster limits for import players, but the Eskimos are using a spot for Northnagel, a United States citizen, at least for now.

 

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Rick Gosselin’s All-Time Special Teams Unit Snappers

Rick Gosselin recently named his all-time NFL Special Teams Unit, which included three long snappers.  Gosselin, who has ranked each NFL teams special teams groups for 38 seasons, created a First Team, Second Team and some wild card spots to fill out a proposed 53-man roster of the best special teams players.

The First Team snapper was Steve DeOssie.  Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick has called him “one of the most impactful players in the punting game” for his ability to snap, block and cover.  DeOssie had 81 career tackles on special teams, including 20 in the 1998 season alone.

Patrick Mannelly was the Second Team snapper for his 16 seasons in Chicago and his ability to turn snapping into a science.  Dave Toub, one of Mannelly’s special teams coaches with the Bears, noted that Mannelly was the first to count rotations of the ball on short snaps to make sure the holder never got the laces.

Don Muhlbach, who is still playing after entering the NFL in 2004, was the wild card snapper for “his rocket snaps”.

Posted in NFL, Snapping in the Media

Tryout Snapper Drew Scott Signed by Oakland

It appears that at least one tryout long snapper has been signed to a contract.  Drew Scott from Kansas State, who first tried out with the Raiders and then the Saints this past weekend, was signed by the Raiders.  With Scott’s signing, nine teams (Ravens, Cowboys, Broncos, Packers, Jaguars, Chargers, Dolphins, Raiders and Seahawks) has two snappers on the roster.

Posted in NFL, NFL Draft, Transactions

Snapping Moves after the Draft

NFL rookie mini-camps have just concluded and below is a  summary of activity at the snapping position since the Draft.  Note that mini-camp tryouts are typically not made public and are often confused as signings.  In addition, players from prior Draft classes are eligible for tryouts, so a handful of snappers got opportunities in mini-camp and, depending on the timing, some snappers were able to attend two mini-camps.  At this time, it does not appear that any of the tryout snappers have been signed to contracts.

If there are any snappers missing from this list, please let me know by email at kevingold@longsnap.com.

DRAFTED

Hunter Bradley (Mississippi State/Packers)

SIGNED

Trent Seig (Colorado State/Ravens)

Lucas Gravelle (TCU/Dolphins)

Taner Carew (Oregon/Seahawks)

TRYOUT

James Fisher (North Dakota State/Bears)

Colton Taylor (Virginia Tech/Jets and Redskins)

Dennis Long (East Stroudsburg/Jets)

Ike Powell (Auburn/ Chiefs)

Brock Barr (Boise State/Falcons and Raiders)

AJ Hantak (Eastern Illinois/Saints)

Nick Meadows (West Virginia/Colts)

Mitchell Fraboni (Arizona State/Texans)

Drew Van Maanen (Wyoming/Texans)

Nick Seme (Ohio State/Browns)

Wesley Horky (Oklahoma/Eagles)

Scott Sypniewski (Vanderbilt/Jaguars)

Trent Frix (Georgia/Jaguars)

CJ Keller (Stanford/49ers)

Ty Yazujian (Penn State/Cardinals)

Drew Williams (South Carolina/Buccaneers)

Ryan Navarro (Oregon State/Redskins)

Cole Mazza (Alabama/Giants)

Drew Scott (Kansas State/Saints)

Andrew East (Vanderbilt/Titans)

David Mackie (Western University/Giants)

WAIVED

Nick Dooley (Vikings)

Drew Williams (Cardinals)

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