Monthly Archives: December 2016

Long Snapper the Secret to Alabama’s Success?

Alabama has been one of the most successful college football programs in the country and perhaps their recent tradition of scholarship long snappers may be a key element to their success.  Sam Borden of The New York Times suggests as … Continue reading

Posted in College, High School, Snapping in the Media, Uncategorized

Week Sixteen in Review

There is one week left in the NFL regular season and the snapping position remains stable.  There were a few notable poor snaps, as Morgan Cox had a rare high short snap that prevented a Ravens field goal attempt against the Steelers … Continue reading

Posted in NFL, NFL Draft, Tackles, Transactions

NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and FCS All-American Snappers

With the Senior Bowl long snappers now set, the other premiere college all-star game to use dedicated long snappers, the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, has selected its two snappers.  Brad Northnagel of California and Nolan Dowling of Western Kentucky will be the participating … Continue reading

Posted in College, NFL, NFL Draft

Week Fifteen in Review

Week Fifteen of the NFL season is complete and was a quiet one for snappers.  Rick Lovato debuted with the Eagles and Thomas Gafford will now finish the season with the Broncos, as client Casey Kreiter was placed on injured … Continue reading

Posted in NFL, Tackles, Transactions

Pro Football Focus Pro Bowl Snappers

Pro Football Focus continues to provide detailed analysis of every play and player in the NFL and the snapping position is no exception.  PFF has graded every snap and snapper this year and used those grades to select their own Pro … Continue reading

Posted in NFL, Snapping in the Media

Senior Bowl Snappers and Phil Steele All-Americans

With the NFL regular season winding down, the focus will soon turn to the next crop of NFL snapping talent in the college ranks.  The Senior Bowl recently announced that the two snappers will be Cole Mazza (Alabama) and Colin … Continue reading

Posted in College, NFL, NFL Draft

Ladouceur Called the NFL’s “Perfect Player”

Les Carpenter just wrote an excellent profile of Cowboys veteran long snapper LP Ladouceur for The Guardian.  Carpenter describes him as “perfect for almost 12 seasons.”  The story reaffirms the usual refrain about snappers, which is you do not want to … Continue reading

Posted in NFL, Snapping in the Media

The Leaping the Snapper Controversy Continues

The Patriots successful leap over Ravens snapper Morgan Cox to block a field goal attempt Monday night has brought the controversial play back into focus.  Earlier this season, the Broncos and Seahawks successfully executed similar leaps to block kicks. Adam Kilgore of … Continue reading

Posted in Coaching, NFL, Snapping in the Media

Week Fourteen in Review

Week Fourteen was an active one for special teams and snappers in particular.  The Eagles rare use of three snappers warranted its own blog post. Kickers continued to struggle with missed kicks and, last night, the Patriots executed another successful … Continue reading

Posted in Coaching, NFL, Snapping in the Media, Transactions

Dorenbos Injury Brings Snapping Front and Center

Today’s Eagles game deserves a special blog post by itself.  Eagles snapper Jon Dorenbos, who was playing in his 162nd consecutive game, injured his wrist on a third quarter punt.  Unable to return, tight end Brent Celek is the backup snapper, but … Continue reading

Posted in NFL, Snapping in the Media