Jordan: Deep snapping is second nature

ATHENS – Brian Jordan spoke with Dean Legge for a short time after one of Georgia's fall practices.

Dean Legge: Can you talk about how things have been for you during fall camp so far?

Brian Jordan: It's been a good fall so far. The kickers have been competing well, and Gordon has been punting the ball good so far. We've been working a lot during the summer, and everyone knows what they have to do. We have some new snappers that have come in for after I leave. But everything has been going like it always has.

How difficult is it to snap a football?

Well, it's something you have to learn. I think that if you practiced it you could pick it up. I have been dong it my whole life. Both my older brothers did it, and they taught me when I was real little. It's just kind of second nature now. The hardest part of it now is not the snapping, but the blocking – putting it all together is what makes it very difficult.

So when you deep snap for punting your responsibility is to go down and make a tackle – can you talk about how difficult that is?

It's pretty tough snapping, sitting back, and trying to block someone – I have to block someone on the line first – and then you have to get off them, get down the field, find the returner, and see which way he is going; meanwhile you have to try not to get blindsided. That's a lot to put together. Sometimes it works out that you are free going down the field – sometimes it works out that you are fighting a guy all the way down the field – you might get blocked all the way to the sideline. It depends on the play.

Have you ever had a quarterback back you up before?

Joe T is the backup snapper. He snapped in high school, so he's been doing it for a while. He's pretty good at it; he knows what he is doing. It's not all that odd to see a back-up quarterback be the back-up snapper. You don't see it all that often, but it's pretty much the same motion.

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