Aztec Stat of the Week: Long Snapping Efficiency

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Freshman long snapper Jeff Overbaugh has played an integral role in San Diego State’s success this season (Ernie Anderson/SDSU Media Relations)

In football, special teams often go unnoticed.

Even when special teams plays are highlighted, certain details of those plays are typically overlooked. For example, when a game-winning field goal is shown, the announcers rarely talk about how well the ball was snapped.

Long snappers play a critical role on every football team. In addition to snapping the ball to the holder for field goals, they also snap the ball on punts, ensuring that the ball reaches the punter in a timely manner and in the appropriate spot for the punter to kick the ball well.

Although long snappers rarely receive praise, San Diego State football long snapper Jeff Overbaugh deserves some recognition. The true freshman long snapper has been flawless all season with his snapping duties, and he has the stats to prove it.

Through 12 games, Overbaugh has snapped the ball well on all 105 attempts. He is 52-for-52 on PATs, 12-for-12 on field goals, and 41-for-41 on punts – impressive numbers for a freshman playing a nerve-racking position at the Division 1 level.

A product of  long snapping guru Chris Rubio – like former SDSU long snappers Aaron Brewer and Tyler Schmitt – Overbaugh’s talents have helped the Aztecs’ special teams immensely. Teamed with freshman punter Seamus McMorrow, San Diego State is sure to have a solid punting game for years to come. And although senior kicker Chance Marden will be gone after the season, Overbaugh will have the Aztecs nearly worry-free when it comes to field goal snaps for the next three seasons.

Did you miss the “Meet the Aztecs: Q&A with Jeff Overbaugh” piece from earlier in the season? Check it out here


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Meet the Aztecs: Q&A with Jeff Overbaugh

Photo Credit: Ernie Anderson/SDSU Media Relations

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.

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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

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