New Timelines for the Patrick Mannelly Award

COVID has impacted everything this year in a dramatic fashion and college football is no different. As one of the founders of the Patrick Mannelly Award, started last year to recognize the best FBS senior long snapper, I was concerned that the second year of the Award would not happen.

Fortunately, all but a few FBS teams are playing and there are many excellent candidates for the Award. While we did publish an initial Watch List before the season, some snappers have opted out of playing or, in one instance, play for one of the three teams that did not return to play.

Along with the other Award founders, Chris Rubio and Patrick Mannelly, we are hard at work carefully evaluating senior snappers to narrow the field to the semi-finalist list of 10 snappers.

Those 10 names will be announced publicly on December 9, 2020. Those 10 will be narrowed to three on December 22, 2020 and the Award will be given, in a largely virtual event, on January 9, 2021. At least that is the current plan. Stay tuned!

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Week Twelve in Review

Week Twelve is largely complete, as the Ravens and Steelers game has been moved to tomorrow. Due to COVID issues, it is expected that the Ravens will have Nick Moore snap in place of Morgan Cox. The Ravens are one of a handful of teams that have kept a long snapper on its practice squad since the start of the season and for this very reason. This trend could continue and the Steelers became the latest team when they added Christian Kuntz to the practice squad this week.

The Titans used Matt Overton for a fourth straight week and the Vikings had Andrew DePaola snap for a second straight week. Matt Orzech has been waived from the Titans roster, although Austin Cutting remains on the Vikings active roster for now.

Just one snapper, Dan Godsil, had a tryout this past week and worked out for the Chargers.

With fan voting for the Pro Bowl still underway, the two top vote getters at the snapping position are Kameron Canaday (Steelers) and Hunter Bradley (Packers).

Casey Krieter (Giants) and Luke Rhodes (Colts) each had solo tackles in punt coverage this week, while Cole Mazza (Chargers) and Taybor Pepper (Niners) added assisted tackles.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after (most) of Week Twelve is below.

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Week Eleven in Review

Week Eleven of the NFL is done and there were more changes at the snapping position. Andrew DePaola returned to the NFL and snapped well for the Vikings. Austin Cutting had been having issues and the team signed DePaola to the practice squad during the week and activated him for the game. DePaola last snapped in Week One of 2018 for the Raiders. Matt Overton snapped for the Titans for the third consecutive week, as Matt Orzech also remains on the 53 man roster in Tennessee.

Kyle Nelson also had a tryout this week with the Vikings before they signed DePaola and Christian Kuntz worked out for the Steelers.

Charley Hughlett snapped for the Browns this week, although he was close to being placed on the COVID reserve list earlier in the week. Giants snapper Casey Kreiter, who was on a bye, was placed on the COVID reserve list, but is now cleared to play in Week Twelve.

Jon Weeks snapped for the Texans this week and set the team’s franchise record for his 170th game.

In game action, four snappers recorded tackles in punt coverage, as Clark Harris (Bengals) and James Winchester (Chiefs) had solo tackles, while Josh Harris (Falcons) and JJ Jansen (Panthers) each had assisted tackles.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Eleven is below.

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NFL Pro Bowl Long Snappers Now Chosen by Fan Vote

Since 2004, the NFL Pro Bowl has included a long snapper on each team. Until last year, the two snappers were selected by each coaching staff, with the limitation that they who could not select their own team’s snapper.

Things changed last season, when all the current long snappers got together and decided to vote amongst themselves to choose the Pro Bowl snappers. That process led to Morgan Cox (Ravens) representing the AFC and Rick Lovato (Eagles) chosen for the NFC squad.

Fan voting has just started for the Pro Bowl for the 2020 season and now the fans will get to choose the snappers just like they do for every other position in the game.

Of course, because it is 2020, this year’s Pro Bowl will be a virtual event, but it will still be very interesting to see the snappers that are chosen by popular vote. While I liked last year’s process to leave it up to current NFL snappers to choose the best two, the fact that snappers have earned the right to be voted on like every other position is still a positive development for the brand.

The long snappers on the ballot are listed, with photos, here: https://www.nfl.com/pro-bowl/ballot/special-teams/ls/

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Week Ten in Review

Week Ten of the NFL season is complete and was an uneventful one for snappers until last night. Vikings snapper Austin Cutting, who has struggled at times the past few weeks and even spent time on the COVID reserve list earlier in the week, had a poor short snap on a extra point attempt against the Bears on Monday Night Football. Fortunately, the missed extra point did not factor in the outcome, but Cutting got the national attention no snapper ever wants to receive.

This week, the Vikings worked out John Wirtel and, later,, Andrew DePaola in case Cutting could not return from the COVID list. It is unclear if the Vikings plan to make a more permanent move to address the snapping issue.

Matt Overton handled all the snaps for the Titans again this week, but the team is expected to use Matt Orzech going forward. Orzech is on the 53 man roster, but was not active this week.

Two snappers, Reid Ferguson (Bills) and Cole Mazza (Chargers), each had solo tackles in punt coverage this week.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Ten is below.

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Week Nine in Review

Week Nine of the NFL season is complete and saw the Titans move on from veteran snapper Beau Brinkley.

Brinkley, who had been the highest-paid long snapper by most metrics, suffered from COVID earlier in the season and struggled with his snapping following his return. The Titans had another veteran, Matt Overton, on its practice squad and activated him for Sunday’s win against the Bears.

Overton is expected to return to the practice squad again, as the Titans claimed second year snapper Matt Orzech off the Dolphins practice squad. To replace Orzech on the practice squad, the Dolphins signed rookie Rex Sunahara.

In other game action, the Lions blocked two Vikings punts and three snappers, client Patrick Scales (Bears), Luke Rhodes (Colts) and Zach Triner (Bucs), each added solo tackles in punt coverage.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Nine is below.

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2020 FBS Long Snappers Chart

Longsnap.com is proud to present its exclusive compilation of the long snappers for each Division One FBS college football team that is playing during the 2020 season. This year’s list was delayed by the unusual college football season and staggered team starts. To be consistent, I used the punt snapper from each team’s first game, so there may be a few changes since that time for some teams.

The list includes uniform number, name, height, weight and class year.  Only punt snappers are listed, as some teams still use a dedicated punt snapper and a separate kick snapper.

If there are any significant errors, please email me at kevingold@longsnap.com

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Week Eight in Review

Week Eight of the NFL season is complete and while the pandemic continues to impact teams, all games were played. Beau Brinkley of the Titans continues to struggle on short snaps as did the usually reliable Luke Rhodes of the Colts this week.

The Packers were the only team to workout any snappers this week and hosted Colin Holba and Joe Fortunato.

Teams are punting less this year and that leads to less opportunities for punt returns and tackles. Don Muhlbach of the Lions was the only snapper to record a tackle stat this week, adding an assisted tackle.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Eight is below.

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Week Seven in Review

Week Seven of the NFL season is compete and was a quiet one at the snapping position. Since returning from the COVID reserve list, Titans snapper Beau Brinkley has struggled but there were no other major snapping issues around the league. Although the Titans have veteran snapper Matt Overton on the practice squad, I expect the Titans will give Brinkley more time to work out the issues.

Three snappers recorded tackles in punt coverage, with rookies Jacob Bobenmoyer (Broncos) and Ross Matiscik (Jaguars) adding solo tackles, while Hunter Bradley (Packers) had an assisted tackle.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Seven is below.

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Week Six in Review

Week Six of the NFL season is complete and, while COVID has impacted team practice schedules and the precise order of the weekly game schedule, all games were played this week without any issues.

Heading into this week’s action, I tweeted a Wall Street Journal story about snappers at the college and NFL level being the “most essential” workers during the pandemic. The article mentioned how college teams, like USF and Austin Peay, have been decimated by injuries and COVID issues at the snapping position.

Also of note in the story were some interesting statistics that I had never seen before, For example, in the NFL, over the past 10 season heading into Week Six, there were 42,417 snaps. Of those, according to Stats LLC, just 40 of those were bad enough to prevent a kick, or 0.09%. Even in college, since 2012, just 259, or .20% of the 132,998 snaps, were bad enough to prevent a punt or kick attempt.

Teams continue to prepare for the potential loss of a snapper this season by working out snappers. The Bengals brought in Dan Godsil, who has prior camp experience with the team, and the Saints hosted veteran snappers Andrew DePaola and John Denney.

Four snappers recorded tackles in punt coverage this week, led by Rick Lovato of the Eagles, who has two assisted tackles for the second consecutive week. Luke Rhodes (Colts), Charley Hughlett (Browns) and Thomas Hennessy (Jets) each had solo tackles.

The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Six is below.

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