Today I woke up and reviewed the list I have that tracks the players who must be covered in the kickoff countdown. When I realized that I had to cover a Long Snapper, I was instantly reminded of the sheer greatness that was Kevin Ballinger--both as a player and blogger. Ballinger accepted the long snapping duties from his predecessor John Finch last year, and he did an outstanding job at the position all year long.
At the same time, he also started a hysterical blog on blogspot.com, entitled "Snapping Necks", which has captured some of the most outrageous, gut-bustingly funny stories related to Purdue Football, West Lafayette and other such topics that I have ever come across. I mean, who could forget his comments on speed and strength testing, an analysis of his own epic weight gain and his very own faux episode of MTV's Cribs? Along with many other colorful posts, Snapping Necks and other comedic works by Ballinger have practically become Boiler Nation staples.
While Kevin Ballinger's time at Purdue has come to an end, the spotlight instead will begin to shine on a new Long Snapper/Comedian this fall. 50 days to Purdue football, today we look at #50, the redshirt sophomore Jesse Schmitt.
Jesse Schmitt - So. (RS)