How'd you get into playing long snapper?
"I first started my sophomore year of high school. The special teams coordinator asked around if there was anyone that could snap. At the time I was a quarterback, so I figured it wouldn't be that hard to just throw it between my legs, so that's how I got started."
Long snapper is a great skill, how does it feel to be a professional long snapper?
"It means I put a lot of work into my craft and had a lot of people to help me get here. Obviously, I spent a lot of time in college, six years at Penn State. I had people there that helped me get to where I needed to be, and it feels awesome."
You won the Mannelly Award in college, how big of an accomplishment was that to you?
"It was great, as snappers we hate to get recognition, because usually if we get recognition, it means we've done something bad. It was nice, the Patrick Mannelly Award was created so that snappers can be seen for the good and consistency that they had during the season. It was a huge honor to win that award."
What does a day at practice look like for you since you hold a very important role on this team?
"Practice is a little different compared to other position groups. We are more focused on our craft, making the transition from college to pro-style of things. Meaning I have to block more, I have a couple of new responsibilities. Really just taking the time to better my craft and getting the chemistry down with Michael (Dickson) and Jason (Myers), that's the most focused part of our practice."
What do you look forward to this season?
"I looked forward to the first game in the preseason. Ready to see different colored jerseys on the other side. I'm sure the same things apply here as in college If you're tired of seeing the same colors at practice, it just means you're ready to go to war with your brothers."
If you went on a paid vacation, where would you go?
"I would go to Montreal in the winter, it's super fun. They turn water parks into snow parks so you're pretty much hanging out in cold weather. I like it, so that's where I would go."
Does anything in Seattle remind you of home?
"Not a ton, but the gray days do. Being from the Midwest we get all sorts of weather; we have snow and hot, humid days. Those gray days are like what early spring is like for the Midwest, so that's what reminds me of home."
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
"I would change my height; I would be at least 6'5" and could dunk a basketball with ease. I've been trying so hard to do that right now."
What's your go-to song once you get in your car?
"I'm usually a country guy, anything by Luke Combs or Morgan Wallen would be a go too. I saw Luke Combs in person at a concert at Penn State. Morgan Wallen's music normally has a good tune. It's not your typical country music where it's low, slow, and talks about trucks. It's got a good beat to it so that means I can get kind of get into a rhythm of it. Sometimes it's more relaxing. If I need to get hyped up I'm always going to play heavy metal."
Who is your favorite actor?
"I'll go Leo DiCaprio."
What are your hobbies?
"I'm a big golfer, trying to get my handicap down so I can compete with Jason (Myers). Jason (Myers) is pretty good. Learning how to take care of my body even more than I used to, doing recovery things when I have the free time but usually just stay on the golf course."
If you could go back in time and change anything, what would it be?
"Putting more effort at the quarterback position in high school. I started twice during my four years there, I was pretty much the backup. If I put a little bit more effort into it, I probably would've started more. I probably wouldn't be this into snapping at this point in my life."
Here is the roster for the 2023 Seahawks.