In American football
and Canadian football
, the term long snapper
refers to a player who is a specialized center
, field goal
, and extra point
attempts. His job is to snap
the ball as quickly and accurately as possible.
During field goal
and point after touchdown
, the snap is received by the holder
. During punt plays the snap is delivered to the punter
. A good, consistent long snapper is hard to find, and many marginally talented players have found a niche exclusively as long snappers.
A "bad snap" is a snap which causes the delay of a kick or the failure of a play.
The long snapper still performs the normal tasks of a center and also runs downfield after the ball has been punted to help defend the punt return.
In college football
Many teams, especially in college football
, refer to the snapper in a punt formation as a deep snapper
and reserve the term long snapper
for the snapper in a field goal formation. Scholarships
for long snappers used to be rare, but are becoming more popular as colleges begin to recognize the importance of special teams
In the NFL
Before specialization, the long snapper was often a player who primarily played another position. A recent example would be Allen Aldridge
, who started at linebacker
for the Detroit Lions
and also served as the team's long snapper . This allowed the team to dress another non-specialist player.
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