Hononegah's Combs Up For Award

ROCKTON-The long-snapper is probably the most overlooked player on any football team. But Seth Combs of Hononegah is getting plenty of attention from the people who know how vital that job is for a team.

Combs is one of 21 semifinalists for the Chris Rubio National Long-Snapper of the Year award.  Rubio, a former UCLA long snapper, is regarded as the top long-snap instructor in America and Combs has attended several of his camps.

"I’ve been to maybe seven regional camps in Chicago, two Las Vegas national events, and an invitation only camp in California," says Combs.

Snapping a football deep to a punter or holder for field goals and extra points is not an easy job. It boils down to technique and confidence.

"It’s all about form, locking your legs out, getting your head through, extending your arms, making sure your thumbs are out," says Combs.

Long snappers only get noticed if they make a bad snap. Fortunately for Combs he didn’t have a single bad one this past season. He has what coaches look for.

"There’s two things, velocity and distance. How far they can snap it back there, and how fast they can snap it," says Hononegah coach Tim Sughroue. "Seth just got better and better as the year went on. He’s worked hard at it."

Combs' skill at snapping will likely land him a scholarship.

"I have an offer from Illinois State a Divison One-AA school. I’m hoping after Las Vegas some offers may roll in. We’ll see," says Combs.

The Rubio Award winner will be announced in Las Vegas on January 17th.  Another former Hononegah player Kelly Mason is now the long snapper at the University of Kentucky.

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