On Monday and Tuesday Scott Stone was in Scottsdale, Arizona for some One on One Snapping Lessons. Scott was the long snapper at Portland State University finishing at the conclusion of the 2007 season. He came out here to get my evaluation of his snapping potential for the NFL and to also refine his snapping technique.
I could see right away that Scott has snapping speed and potential but was a little rusty due to his working schedule the last 6 months. Another thing that could also have contributed to his rustiness could have been the fact that he was a bit under weather while he was here. Anyway, he fought through it and I saw some excellent potential from him.
In the first lesson I watched Scott snap and I evaluated and analyzed his technique. He was a little inconsistent. During the video evaluation I pointed out some flaws and suggested some drills that would help him be more consistent and accurate.
Day two we worked some different drills for technique. In the photo below Scott works my Elbow Thrust Drill and some other drills to assist his snapping and blocking technique. During the two days Scott made considerable progress.
Over the two days that Scott was here he showed me great speed on his snaps but as I told him the NFL is a tough road. At 5'10 220 pounds and with a few prior injuries it will be an uphill battle to make it on an NFL team, but it only takes one team to fall in love with you. I want to wish Scott the best of luck in his pursuit of the NFL and if he is able to go out and practice more often I am confident that the "rust" will wear off real soon.
My comment to many players having aspiration of being an NFL player is the road to the NFL is not an easy road. Hard work, dedication and someone giving you chance or a little luck is what is needed.
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