Washington football senior long snapper A.J. Carty was named a semifinalist for the Patrick Mannelly Award, presented to the overall best Long Snapper at the Division I FBS level.
We live in the age of the superstar. The big gun. The first pick. The franchise player. But the more we come to understand the game of football, the more we learn to revere the guy who sets every field goal, extra point and punt in motion – including nail-biting field goals that make or break games, seasons and sometimes even careers. It’s time to show some love for the Long Snapper.
Long Snappers don’t make the cover of the program. They’re rarely asked to sign autographs. You don’t typically see them being interviewed before the game. But Long Snappers aren’t driven by these things. Quiet, selfless, focused and courageous, the Long Snapper is content to trade conventional superstardom for the opportunity to do one job very well.
The spirit of the Long Snapper lives, not just on the football field, but out in the real world as well. The nurse who hands the right instrument to the surgeon is a Long Snapper. The legal professional who works late into the night doing the research that uncovers the precedent that wins the case is a Long Snapper. Anyone who toils in quiet dedication to the greater good is a Long Snapper. No matter what you do, when you do it with excellence in the face of great pressure, you are a Long Snapper.
The Patrick Mannelly Award presented by William Blair is a new vehicle through which football’s unsung workhorses can finally bask in the warm glow of appreciation. Now we celebrate the best Long Snappers in college football. And in doing so, we honor the Long Snapper in all of us.
Semifinalists: Monday, November 18th
Finalists: Monday, November 25th
Announcement/ Trophy Presentation Dinner: Saturday, December 14th at Bernie’s Book Bank, Lake Bluff, IL
Patrick Mannelly, widely known as the best Long Snapper in the modern NFL era, was a four-year starter at long snapper and two year starter at offensive line at Duke University before being drafted by the Chicago Bears in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft. Mannelly is the Bears career leader in games played at 245, the longest tenured Chicago Bear after playing 16 seasons, and a recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award.
The Patrick Mannelly Long Snapper Award is determined by a committee comprised of former NFL Long Snappers, punters and kickers, special team coaches, as well as snapping instructors, NFL player agents and sportswriters.
The Award is presented to the overall best Long Snapper at the Division I FBS level. The winner must be of senior standing, have started 75% of games in his senior year, snap on punts and placements, and demonstrate a strong mentality, notable athleticism, as well as speed, accuracy and consistency in their snaps.
AJ Carty, Washington
Geron Eatherly, Tulane
Blake Ferguson, LSU
Keegan Firth, Oregon State
Liam McCullough, Ohio State
Richard Mcnitzky, Stanford
John Shannon, Notre Dame
Jackson Subbert, Iowa
Rex Sunahara, West Virginia
Steven Wirtel, Iowa State
Patrick Mannelly, Founder
Chris Rubio, Founder
Kevin Gold, Founder
Lonnie Paxton, Former NFL LS
Tom Lemming, Recruiting Writer
Robbie Gould, NFL Kicker
Brad Maynard, Former NFL P
Rob Davis, Former NFL LS
Justin Snow, Former NFL LS
Randy Chevrier, Former NFL/CFL LS
Clint Gresham, Former NFL LS Richard
Rick Gosselin, NFL Writer
Tom Osborne, NCAA ST Coach
Phil Steele, NCAA Writer
Dave Wannstedt, Former NFL Head Coach
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