Caleb Perez of UCF, who originally planned to snap in the Shrine Game on January 19, 2019, is unable to participate and will be replaced by Jacob Bobenmoyer of Northern Colorado.
The Shrine Game will be played on the same day as the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and both all-star games will be followed by the Senior Bowl on January 26, 2019.
Last evening, junior Blake Ferguson of LSU was named the inaugural winner of the David Binn Award given to the best college long snapper. Ferguson was one of five finalists named on December 9th. Ferguson was the only underclassman on the list.
Week Sixteen of the NFL season is complete and just one week of the regular season remains. This week was relatively quiet, as Don Muhlbach was able to snap despite being questionable during the week.
The Lions worked out snappers in the event Muhlbach could not snap, including Justin Drescher, Taylor Pepper and Zach Triner. Triner also worked out for Tampa Bay.
Four snappers recorded tackles in punt coverage as Aaron Brewer (Cardinals), Morgan Cox (Ravens), James Winchester (Chiefs) and Zak DeOssie (Giants) each had solo tackles. Winchester also forced a fumble on his tackle.
The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Sixteen is below.
2018 Week Sixteen
The STATS FCS All-America Team was just announced and also includes three long snappers.
Patrick Eby of Columbia was First Team, Steven Wethli of Youngstown State was Second Team and Patrick Keefe from The Citadel was Third Team. All are seniors and only Wethli also appeared on the HERO Sports FCA All-American team as the First Team snapper.
HERO Sports just released its All-American teams for the FCS level and all three teams included long snappers.
Senior Steven Wethli of Youngstown State was the First Team Special Teams snapper. Junior Josh Brady of Jacksonville State was Second Team and Sophomore Bradey Sorenson of South Dakota State was Third Team.
Week Fifteen provided another excellent example of the value of never giving up and the perseverance required to succeed in the NFL as a long snapper.
On Sunday, after a season-ending back injury to Redskins snapper Nick Sundberg, Andrew East made his regular season debut. East began his NFL journey in 2015 from Vanderbilt and was cut seven times by five different teams. East never gave up on his dream and his first game culminated in a game-winning field goal snap Sunday for Washington.
Week Fifteen also included a rare bad snap by veteran Don Muhlbach of the Lions that prevented an extra point attempt.
Two snappers had workouts this past week, as Nick Meadows had a tryout with the Steelers and Christian Kuntz worked out for the Jaguars. Kuntz was signed to the Jaguars practice squad yesterday and is a candidate to sign a contract for next season after the regular season ends. Zach Triner also worked out for the Packers just prior to Week Fourteen.
Three snappers recorded tackles in punt coverage this week, with Reid Ferguson (Bills) and Beau Brinkley (Titans) adding solo stops and Tyler Ott (Seahawks) tallying an assisted tackle.
The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Fifteen is below.
2018 Week Fifteen
With snappers Dan Godsil (Indiana) and Nick Moore (Georgia) selected for the Senior Bowl, the other two key college all-star games have selected their snappers.
The Shrine Game, which finally added snapping specialists last year, will have Chris Wilkerson from Stephen F. Austin and Caleb Perez from Central Florida.
The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl will feature Austin Cutting from Air Force and Patrick Eby from Columbia.