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June 5, 2013 | By Gary Klein
  Zach Smith is a long snapper who will be a preferred walk-on at USC in the fall. He also is becoming something of Internet sensation. Smith, a senior at the Menlo School in Atherton, Calif., and friends put together a video of trick snaps -- "Zach Smith: Long-snapping mix tape," he says during the intro-- that was posted to YouTube on Sunday. By Thursday morning it had generated more than 436,000 views. Among the feats: Smith snaps footballs through the windows of a parked car, over the full length of a court into a basketball hoop and into trash cans from varying distances.
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March 28, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Former St. Francis long snapper Christopher Longo has been given a scholarship at UCLA. He arrived at UCLA in 2011 as a walk on and didn't play that year or in 2012. He took over long snapping duties this past season as a sophomore. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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October 19, 1997 | BILL PLASCHKE
There were dropped punts and passes and handoffs. There was a three-point deficit after one quarter, a 100-yard deficit after one half. The eventual comeback decision--UCLA 34, Oregon State 10--felt more like a gasp than a victory. In all, a wonderful day for Bruin Chris Rubio. Then again, for the last three years, every fall Saturday is a wonderful day for Chris Rubio. The imperfect Mr. Perfect. For three years, Rubio has done nothing but hike the ball on Bruin special teams.
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December 7, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 After watching missed field goals, missed conversion kids, roughing-the-kicker penalties and snaps going everywhere but into the punter's hands on Friday night in two City Section championship games, it's clear there's a special teams problem in the City Section. At least South Gate recognizes that fact and didn't even attempt a single conversion kick in a 34-32 loss to San Fernando. The Rams just went for two-point conversions. "I figured the odds were better," South Gate Coach Jose Casagran said.
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March 4, 1992 | TIM KAWAKAMI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Proving once again that wherever Chuck Knox goes, Blair Bush is soon to follow, the Rams made the 14-year veteran center their first Plan B acquisition of the Knox era by signing him to a one-year contract Tuesday. In 1983, one of Knox's first moves as the Seattle Seahawk coach was to trade a No. 1 pick for Bush, who started and was the long-snapper there for six seasons before moving to the Green Bay Packers in the 1989 Plan B period.
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October 17, 1985 | JOHN WEYLER, Times Staff Writer
They may not be the type who become bubble-gum card heroes, but no football coach will ever discount the value of a good long snapper. Without a player who can make like Johnny Unitas while standing on his head, a Rafael Septien or a Ray Guy would be worthless.
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January 8, 2011 | Sam Farmer
The magic man is in his element. He's working a crowd in the back room of a Philadelphia sports bar, his baseball cap turned backward and the sleeves of his sweat shirt pushed up over his thick forearms. A dozen men are huddled around him, transfixed. That's not because he's Jon Dorenbos, long snapper for the Philadelphia Eagles. It's that he's holding a deck of playing cards, effortlessly riffling them with one hand, sometimes shooting them to the other in a graceful arch. Fanning the cards, Dorenbos has one of the men select one, sign it with a felt-tip marker, then put it back in the deck.
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August 28, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Long snappers are considered slightly less quirky than kickers - who are to football what left-handed pitchers are to baseball - but their makeup perfectly fits the task at hand. Take the personality of Tanner Carew, a La Verne Damien senior who has committed to Oregon and who long-snapping guru Chris Rubio believes is the best in the nation at what he does. "I would say Tanner is definitely quirky," Rubio said. "He's laid back. The first time I met him, he was telling me how he wanted to ride a wake board from Long Beach to Catalina.
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January 30, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
If Tanner Gibas of Covina Charter Oak ever makes it to the NFL, those who knew him early in high school will have a hard time believing it. "I was never into sports," he said. "I never liked football. I played Gremlin flag football and didn't like it at all. My dad said, 'Try one more time.' I thought I was going to be skateboarding and go to film school to make movies because that's all I liked to do. I never thought I'd be playing college football. It's very weird. " Guess what position Gibas plays?
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September 25, 2005 | Eric Sondheimer
College football coaches have 85 scholarships to award, so it's not surprising that they're finally turning their attention to the most unglamorous position of all: long snapper. In the past, most coaches wanted long snappers to earn a scholarship as a walk-on. But the position's growing importance is creating scholarship opportunities. Long snapper Christian Yount of Rancho Santa Margarita Tesoro accepted a scholarship to UCLA this month.
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October 7, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
  It was a good weekend for Moorpark long snapper Garrett Frum. The senior competed among 66 long snappers at a camp run by private tutor Chris Rubio and came out as the winner of the camp competition. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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August 28, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Long snappers are considered slightly less quirky than kickers - who are to football what left-handed pitchers are to baseball - but their makeup perfectly fits the task at hand. Take the personality of Tanner Carew, a La Verne Damien senior who has committed to Oregon and who long-snapping guru Chris Rubio believes is the best in the nation at what he does. "I would say Tanner is definitely quirky," Rubio said. "He's laid back. The first time I met him, he was telling me how he wanted to ride a wake board from Long Beach to Catalina.
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August 27, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
The long-underappreciated long snappers are starting to be recognized, and not for bad things. They've become important contributors in the success of a football team. Competent snaps on punts, extra points and field goals have helped lead to victory. Chris Rubio , a private tutor, has come up with a list of top long snappers in Southern California, led by Damien's Tanner Carew (see video above). Carew, an Oregon commit, also is pretty good at figuring out a Rubik's Cube.
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August 22, 2013 | By Chris Foster
People never noticed UCLA's long snappers the last six years. That was a good thing. So Coach Jim Mora's uneasiness with the spot this week was easy to understand. Sophomore Christopher Longo was noticed Tuesday night. Longo is trying to fill the void left by Kevin McDermott, who is in the San Francisco 49ers' training camp. McDermott replaced Christian Yount, who spent six seasons as the Bruins' long snapper and recently signed a five-year contract extension with the Cleveland Browns.
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June 5, 2013 | By Gary Klein
  Zach Smith is a long snapper who will be a preferred walk-on at USC in the fall. He also is becoming something of Internet sensation. Smith, a senior at the Menlo School in Atherton, Calif., and friends put together a video of trick snaps -- "Zach Smith: Long-snapping mix tape," he says during the intro-- that was posted to YouTube on Sunday. By Thursday morning it had generated more than 436,000 views. Among the feats: Smith snaps footballs through the windows of a parked car, over the full length of a court into a basketball hoop and into trash cans from varying distances.
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December 22, 2012 | By Chris Foster
UCLA safety Tevin McDonald will not play in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl after violating a team policy, Coach Jim Mora said. McDonald tested positive for marijuana, according to a person familiar with the situation who was not authorized to comment. Under UCLA policy, a player is suspended for one game after testing positive for a third time. A fourth positive test can result in a player's scholarship being revoked. TIMELINE: College football 2012-13 bowl schedule McDonald did not travel with the team to San Diego on Friday.
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November 28, 2003 | Eric Sondheimer
It takes a lot to impress a group of teenage jocks, but Mark Sunga of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame finally pulled it off. Starting at catcher on the varsity baseball team as a sophomore was no big deal. What blew his friends away was Sunga receiving permission from football Coach Kevin Rooney to become the first part-time position player in Rooney's 24 years as coach. All Sunga does is practice long snapping for about an hour, then is cut loose to do whatever he wants.
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October 17, 2004 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
Even though he's a loving husband, Kendall Gammon occasionally has told his wife to take a hike. But only the length of the hallway. When Gammon was beginning his career as an NFL long snapper, he used to take his work home with him. That required his 5-foot-7, 125-pound wife, Leslie, to stand 15 yards down the corridor of their Pittsburgh apartment building and field footballs rocketing her way. "It was catch it or perish," recalled her husband, who now plays for Kansas City.
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November 15, 2011 | Sam Farmer
They are the NFL castoffs, the rejects, the expendables tossed aside by teams that viewed them as too old, too expensive, not good enough, whatever. And now those players are counting their blessings — and their victories. New England's Rob Ninkovich is someone who knows the feeling. He wanted to play linebacker in New Orleans but couldn't even make the roster as a long snapper. The Saints showed him the door. Before that, Miami didn't want him. Ninkovich finally landed with the Patriots, for whom he has established himself as a reliable outside linebacker capable of having a big game.
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