August 28, 2013 |
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.
August 27, 2013 |
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.
August 22, 2013 |
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.
June 5, 2013 |
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.
December 22, 2012 |
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.
November 15, 2011 |
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.