The ninth in a daily series of Q&A’s with the 2012 signing class.
Jeff Overbaugh is a 6-foot-2, 240-pound long snapper from Anchorage, Alaska. He played at Service High School, where his team had a record of 10-0-1 his senior season. Along with playing long snapper, Overbaugh also saw time at offensive tackle and defensive end during his high school career. He was also a two-time team captain.
Overbaugh is a student of Chris Rubio, a long snapping guru who has coached hundreds of Division 1 long snappers over the past decade. Rubio also coached former San Diego State long snappers Tyler Schmitt and Aaron Brewer. Like Schmitt and Brewer, Overbaugh may be counted on immediately to take over snapping duties for the Aztecs.
Q: Why did you choose SDSU?
A: Isn’t it obvious? It’s because of the weather.
Q: How were the summer workouts for you?
A: They were great. I found pleasure in the struggle. That’s a Coach Hall quote right there.
Q: Have you picked your major yet?
A: I am going to major in kinesiology. I picked that because it’s a pretty common degree for a coach, and that might be what I want to do after football.
Q: What are you most excited for leading up to your first semester at San Diego State?
A: I’m excited to help San Diego State become a better football team.
Q: What do you like to do during your spare time?
A: I like to long snap. That’s all I do 24/7.
Q: Who are your favorite professional sports teams?
A: I like the Baltimore Ravens and the Boston Bruins. I have some family ties back east and I really like Ray Lewis.
Q: Is there any athlete that you look up to or try to model your game after?
A: I try to model my game after Christian Yount, the long snapper for the Cleveland Browns. I also like Zdeno Chara, a defenseman for the Boston Bruins.
Q: If you weren’t a football player, what sport would you be playing?
A: It would have to be hockey. I played until sophomore year of high school.
Q: What was it like growing up in Alaska?
A: Long, dark, winter nights. No, just kidding, it was great. I did a lot of outdoor stuff and there was good football. I grew up in a close-knit community.
Q: Have you been able to get in contact with former long snapper Aaron Brewer?
A: I haven’t talked to him yet but I just added him on Facebook. We were both coached by long snapping coach Chris Rubio. Rubio has connections with SDSU because of Aaron and also because he played with Coach White at UCLA.
by Hunter Hewitt