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.
March 12, 1988
John Madden is on record as saying that pro football is becoming too specialized, and a pre-draft rundown of teams in USA Today would seem to support his position. Listed among the key needs of the Washington Redskins was a "long snapper." What next, summer long-snapper camps? Among the letters Sports Illustrated received following its swimsuit issue was this one from James Kuznicki of Pittsburgh: "This year's issue is the final straw. My wife and I are considering canceling our subscription.
October 7, 2013 |
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
July 29, 1993 |
In the Cal State Fullerton cafeteria, Ram players are invited to sit on the left side of the room, team executives, staff and media on the right. Although their recent record doesn't indicate it, you can usually differentiate the players from the sports writers. However, there's this guy, this old balding man who sits on the left side of the room each day.
August 15, 1992 |
As Cal State Fullerton's old kid on the block, tight end Robert Bedford gets his share of razzing from Titan coaches and teammates. They call the 27-year-old senior Pops, Old Man and Bedrock. They ask him if he has taken his Geritol today or received his Social Security check this month. "I tell guys he was my classmate at North Dakota," Fullerton Coach Gene Murphy said. "I think they're gonna name a wing for him down at the Gerontology Center." Bedford, who turns 28 Nov.
October 28, 1992 |
Although often overlooked and ignored, few football players on special teams feel as much pressure to execute their assignments properly as those who snap the ball for field goals, extra points and punts. While punters and kickers are praised for their feats, the snappers generally toil in obscurity despite being an integral part of a successful effort. But their work, rarely noticed by the average fan, is not taken for granted by coaches.
August 4, 1989 |
Life seems a never-ending game show for Mike McDonald, who is enjoying what amounts to an expenses-paid vacation in the Orient this week, courtesy of the Rams, who ask so little of him, really. The luckiest man in the world? Perhaps. McDonald is a professional center long-snapper. He snaps for field goals, punts and, some evenings, snaps his fingers for an occasional cocktail. And that's about it. Officially, he's listed as a linebacker, but that's only to impress his children.
December 20, 1990 |
So how have the Long Beach Snappers been doing in the city's over-55 slow-pitch softball league? "Terrible," their worried, chain-smoking skipper Walt Downen says one Saturday afternoon at Joe Rodgers Field. "Same old guys. But we're all older, slower and don't hit as good." The Snappers, with a 4-8 record, are getting ready to play their big rival, Joe Bravo's, who seem pretty formidable even with a long-bearded second baseman who looks like Methuselah.
November 12, 2013 |
Bellevue, the tech-savvy bedroom community across Lake Washington from Seattle, has had a tremendous impact on UCLA football. The city is just a short drive over the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge from the University of Washington, but two of its favorite sons drifted south to Westwood. Jim Mora, the pre-Starbucks kid who played at Bellevue Interlake High, has created a football renaissance at UCLA. He has the Bruins back in the rankings at No. 13 and also in the Rose Bowl race.