March 10, 2015

Interview with University of Texas Long Snapper Nate Boyer

By: Long Snapping Coach Kyle Stelter

Long Snapper Nate Boyer before running on the field before the game
Special Teams University Long Snapping Coach Kyle Stelter was able to catch up with former UT long snapper Nate Boyer as he prepares for his pro day and attends a few college senior combines.
Long Snapper Nate Boyer 2013 NFF Legacy Award Recipient
1. How did you learn to long snap? When did you learn to snap?
I taught myself to long snap by watching Youtube videos and just trial and error. I learned to snap 3 years ago.
2. How nervous were you going into your first game?
The first snap was a little nerve racking just bc I knew the team was relying on me and I didn't want to let them down.
Long Snapper Nate Boyer hands a ball to a young fan pregame
3. What was it like walking onto a big program?
Walking onto Texas was an amazing experience. There's nothing like playing in front of 101,000 people.
Long Snapper Nate Boyer shakes hands with fans before the game
4. Has your age helped or hurt you?
It's been tough with my age for people to take me seriously, however my experiences give me a sort of confidence that I think is an advantage.
5. When did you decide the NFL was a goal of yours?
I decided to shoot for the NFL just a couple of months ago after I played in an all-star game and received from interest from scouts.
Long Snapper Nate Boyer running down field on a punt
6. How did you transition from punt snaps to FG snaps?
I actually started out doing field goal snaps, the transition was easy because they are completely different long snaps.
7. Is there a similarity between being a soldier and a football player? Differences?
Football and combat have absolutely nothing in common, but the discipline to be a soldier and play football at an elite level have many things in common.
Long Snapper Nate Boyer posing for a picture over-seas
8. What has been your favorite moment of playing for the University of Texas?
My favorite moment was coming from behind in the 4th quarter to beat Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl a few days after my best friend passed away, and then beating OU in the Cotton Bowl the next season.
9. Who are some long snappers you look up to?
I don't really know too many other long snappers, but I guess I'd say Jon Dorenbos from the Philadelphia Eagles because he has such an amazing story.
Long Snapper Nate Boyer after a win
10. How much have you evolved as a snapper from when you started until now?
Any advice for young snappers?
I'm constantly evolving and trying new things when it comes to long snapping. Since I've only been doing it for 2 years there is still much room for improvement. My advice is get your butt in shape. Just because you long snap it is not an excuse to be a non-athlete. Get in the weight room and work harder than anyone else, at any position group. It will produce results you couldn't even imagine if you're willing to sacrifice.
University of Texas Long Snapper Nate Boyer
We wish Nate the best of luck in his pursuit of the NFL!

December 3, 2014

Long Snapping Tips and Tricks Brought to You by Special Teams University

By: Long Snapping Coach Kyle Stelter

We have started a weekly long snapping video series called "Long Snapping Tips and Tricks". The purpose of these videos is to educate long snappers and coaches about basic techniques and little tricks picked up from the experience Coach Famiglietti and I picked up from playing at the Division 1 and Professional levels. A new video will be posted every Wednesday! We want to share our advice with all of you to help you become better long snappers!

Check out our videos, give them a like, and start getting better today! The newest videos are at the bottom, please view them all! We don't want you to miss out on anything!


October 19, 2014

Under Armour All American Long Snapper Jordan Butler

By: Long Snapping Coach Kyle Stelter

This is Jordan Butler, long snapper from Arizona who was selected to play in the 2015 Under Armour All American game. Hard work, dedication, and persistence will get you far. 

Here is his story:

"Hello, my name is Jordan Butler. I am the long snapper for Saguaro High School. I am also the 1st pick long snapper for the 2015 Under Armour All American Game

July 27, 2014

Long Snapping Lesson with Valparaiso Long Snapper

By: Long Snapping Coach Mike Famiglietti

In the Summer of 2014 I was reunited with a long snapper I had experience with before, Wesley Manderscheid. We played against each other our senior year of high school and am now very impressed with him as both a long snapper and a person.

Long Snapping in the rain
Wesley is a very talented long snapper who has great size, good technique, and much experience with snapping at the college level and in poor weather. He is entering his final year at Valparaiso University and has aspirations of continuing to snap at the next level. With the strides he has made today, I say we should all look out for this long snapper to make waves in the near future.

July 10, 2014

Long Snapping Lesson with a Lindenwood Lion

By: Long Snapping Coach Mike Famiglietti

In June 2014, I stumbled across a young long snapper named Andrew Bair on Facebook due to our mutual long snapping connections and being located at nearby colleges.

Andrew Bair is a great sized long snapper who recently finished his freshman year and hopes to earn even more playing time for Lindenwood University this fall! He snaps with a lot of force and power that definitely shows in his frame. On July 9, 2014 we met up for a long snapping lesson that will really help Andrew be able to start almost anywhere in the country