Little Known World of the Long-Snapper Received Some Boarding School Attention

The little known world of the long-snapper received some boarding school attention.

Sam Rogers, a rising senior at Mercersburg Academy recently committed to play football at Syracuse University for Orange coach Doug Marrone.

If you’re unfamiliar with the whole notion of long snapping, the long snapper is a specialty position in football that requires the unique skill of being able to throw a pass, backwards, between one’s legs, while bent over looking at the punter/holder.

It’s a specialist position that can allow undersized players to stay employed through high school, college, and into professional careers- a great fit and a survival tool for undersized linemen with a special knack for passing backwards through his legs.

Rogers refined his talent working with his coaches and at various camps. But, the long snap is born out of innate talent.

“It’s a lot of self-experimenting — what’s working and what’s not,” Rogers told the Centre Daily Times (Syracuse Quickly Snaps Up Rogers).

College coaches covet the talent.

“…He is considered one of the top prep school snappers in the nation, which makes him a highly desirable commodity among Division I programs.

Rogers, for example, had a lengthy phone conversation with Ohio State coach Jim Tressel on Tuesday morning. The Buckeyes, who don’t offer long snappers scholarships until they compete for and earn playing time, wanted Rogers as a preferred walk-on and envisioned him as the successor to fifth-year senior Jake McQuaide.

‘(Tressel) thought that I could come in and compete for the job as a freshman,’ Rogers said.

Opting for Syracuse, which can provide him a full ride, wasn’t an easy decision.

‘Very hard,’ Rogers said. ‘I thought about it a lot.’” (CDT)

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