rob f

June 6th, 2012 at 5:41 PM ^

but my very brief (and highly questionable) research shows that full ride scholarships at Michigan for long snappers are about as common as Venus Transits---there's only been 6 of them given out since the 1600's and they seem to show up in pairs 8 years apart separated by much longer intervals of either 105 or 122 years.  I'll go out on a limb and predict it won't happen again until 2117...


June 6th, 2012 at 4:30 PM ^

I understand that this may be an important position, but its not like we will be begging random 'depth' players to join the class come February.....

This doesnt mean turning down a 'Mike Cox'

Instead it means not having room for an Alvin Bailey if Treadwell commits, etc...


June 6th, 2012 at 4:37 PM ^

I'm happy for the kid.  I can't imagine how exciting this is for him.  However perplexed we all are at the decision, imagine how excited any of us would have been to play Michigan football and how excited this kid must be join Team 134.

That said...this is really perplexing.


June 6th, 2012 at 4:45 PM ^

Notre Dame will have 2 long snappers on scholarship this coming year. It happens. It would piss me off to if I was you guys because you only have like what 3 scholarships left now?


June 6th, 2012 at 4:51 PM ^

...there is a recruiting video for this kid.

There is also an article that I found from May that highlights the trend in offering scholarships at this position. It provides an abbreviated list of the 25 FBS programs that have offered scholarships to long snappers recently. It talks some about the Rubio camp - what I found interesting is that they've sort of put specs on the position, if you will, stating that a lot of schools want the 15-yard snap completed in 0.75 seconds or less. It's a little detail, but an important one in certain situations.

Welcome to Michigan, Scott!

turd ferguson

June 6th, 2012 at 4:50 PM ^

My feelings on this depend entirely on whether he's on scholarship.  The difference between a scholarship long snapper and a good walk-on long snapper has to be, what, one bad snap over their careers?  That hardly seems worth a four-year scholarship.

Either way, I hope the kid has a great career at U-M (and that this is the last we hear of him).


June 6th, 2012 at 4:53 PM ^

Thought we had a couple preferred walk on long snappers? I know MSU got one from us but I swore we had another or two. Very perplexing to say the least, I'm going to guess what we have at RB is all we're getting


June 6th, 2012 at 4:53 PM ^

No offens to this kid, but he could be th greatest long snapper ever, and I still wouldn't feel it's worth a scholarship. You're only on the field for like 10 plays a game, and half of those are extra points. Plus, the difference between a great long snapper and an average one is unnoticeable.

Mr. Yost

June 6th, 2012 at 5:00 PM ^

look at the kids last name, he's clearly a long snapper and he's clearly going to play at the University of Michigan.

Sypniewski? That SCREAMS Michigan special teams player (and a DAMN good one!)


June 6th, 2012 at 5:06 PM ^

Haha I'm sorry guys but this is just downright stupid. How hard can it be for one of our walkon snappers to do the same job just as good? It's snapping a damn ball, can't be that hard to perfect. We can say goodbye to a 4th WR or a SDE.


June 6th, 2012 at 8:44 PM ^

Quiero Snapper

EDIT Snapper is easily overcooked, but should never be overrated.: especially if it can launch a football between its legs 15 yds, while looking between said legs, in .69 seconds. Just sayin'.