Rivals Article talks about our new LS. While the article/commentary is about what you'd expect in a glowing bio, and I'm loathe to bring up the topic again, I'm petty enough to take the opportunity to suggest that we should all relax a bit. Taking a step back, let's remember that recruting is not an exact science, and let's celebrate with a kid who, based on the article, has worked hard and seems to be the type of student-athlete we can be proud to consider a Michigan Man.
Yes, I'm still scratching my head on it, but I'm happy that we've added a bright, diligent young man, and I'm more than happy for him.
/steps off soap box
First of all, we have a 'Long Snappers' user tag at mgoblog, and that is just fantastic.
Second of all, Alabama offered a scholarship to Cole Mazza, a long snapper out of Bakersfield, CA. And while most of us loathe the Saban, if he's willing to add a long snapper to a class that is supposed to be relatively small for Saban standards, there may be some traction to this idea. So let's all take a deep breath and wait and see how Scott Sypniewski plays out for us, ehh?
I, like the rest of you, was wondering why Hoke would give a scholarship to an LS this early in the recruiting cycle. It doesn't seem to make a lot of sense. Then I considered something that we saw a lot of last year: Fake Field Goals. Michigan attempted three fake field goals (and converted all of them), and I believe a couple of fake punts, though I can't find the instances.
Anyhow, it occurs to me that one of our new long snapper's highest rated attributes was his blocking. He gets out of his stance and into his block very quickly, they say, and blocks effectively. I'm thinking that Hoke is planning to make the fake kick an even bigger part of the game and wants a very good long snapper to make sure it works.
Your thoughts on this possibility?
Plus, we all know what can happen if a long snap is even a little off the mark.
Edit: I don't suppose that the Mathlete or another of our statistics savvy posters could look into their records and see what an agressive fake kick is good for in points over the course of a season?