Mocs Long Snapper Joe McMahon Making Most of Unheralded Position

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Updated: 3/26/2014 9:02 pm
You never hear of long snappers being a coveted five-star recruit, but they can be vital to the success of the team.
Joe McMahon is doing his best to make the most of the unheralded position with the Chattanooga Mocs.
 Being a long snapper may not be a glamorous position, but don't tell that to Mocs Coach Russ Huesman.
"I don't think people understand or realize how critical it is in the whole scheme of things. It can cost you games.
They're making a lot of money in the NFL doing this. I mean these guys can get in the league for 12, 13, or 14 years, and they make a boat load of money in doing one thing: snapping it and going down there and covering it."
Reporter-"Is there a certain skill to it, in your opinion?"
Said McMahon,"Just a fast and tight spiral. Not too wobbly so they can catch it like a normal pass.
And try to get the laces where they are upright, so the punter doesn't have to shuffle the ball before he kicks it."
Besides perfect snaps, anonymity is what long snappers strive for.
Said McMahon,"If they don't know who the snapper is, there's no focus until it is a bad snap and something goes wrong."
Added Huesman,"I guess you interviewed Joe and nobody would know his name until he snaps one over somebody's head, and then everyone knows his name. Nobody should know their name the whole season except their mom and dad."(laughs)
Coach Huesman wants his backs to carry the ball high and tight, but that phase is a no-no for a long snapper.
Reporter-"If you had a long snapper who snapped 3 high balls in practice, how nervous would you be?"
Said Huesman,(chuckles)"That nervous. Real nervous. You don't want them high. I mean that's the bottom line. You can survive a low one, a roller, but if it's high, you can't survive it.
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