Tyler Kluver's younger brothers tried to help. They stood behind him with the best intentions. He ended up having to do it himself.
"They try, but honestly, I (long) snap it pretty fast," the Marshalltown (Iowa) senior said of his siblings. "One is a sophomore and he does what he can to catch it."
Kluver said that he's spent most of the last year snapping balls into a kicker's net.
"I would go out and set that up in my front yard," he said. "I'd have four balls. I'd send them across, walk to get them and do it again until I got a good workout in.
"It's a lot of reps. I've done about 100 snaps every day for about the last year with only a day off here or there."
The hard work paid off for Kluver, who last week accepted a preferred walk-on opportunity from Iowa. He is expected to replace current Hawkeye junior Casey Kreiter.
"After he leaves and I go into my second year there, his scholarship would be open," the 6-foot, 225-pound Kluver said. "Iowa has another guy (RS freshman Ryan Kolka) that long snaps. I asked Coach (Lester) Erb about him and he said they needed to bring in a guy and I was their guy. He said the scholarship would be there for me when Casey left."
Long snapping runs in the family. Tyler's uncle, Cory Kluver, earned a scholarship at Iowa State. He worked with former Cyclones kicker Jamie Kohl, who now runs one of the most popular specialist camps in the country for young players hoping to play in college.
Tyler Kluver first attended the Kohl Camp during the summer of 2011. He finished it ranked as the No. 11 long snapper in the country. After this past summer's session, he moved up to second nationally.
"I also got selected to play in the Under Armor All-American game through a camp that I won, which was the national scholarship camp at Kohl's kicking," Kluver said.
"They all just said that they'd keep in contact and really didn't say where I stood," Kluver said of the other schools. "Iowa threw the opportunity out there. Being as that was my dream to play at Iowa, I jumped on it."
Kluver attended the Iowa games during the last two weeks.
"Before the Iowa State game (Sept. 8), I got to sit down with Coach Erb, who will be my special teams coach," Kluver said. "He reiterated that I was the guy that they wanted."
Kluver began snapping as a freshman.
"When I started as a middle linebacker for the varsity as a sophomore, the long snapper had graduated the year before," he said. "They had me do it. I tried to just do it the way my uncle showed me. It worked."
Since then, Kluver has tried to remain anonymous. He thinks that helped him earn his college opportunity.
"Not a lot of people know who the long snapper is," Kluver said. "If you know who the long snapper is, he's probably not doing very well. You kind of want to fly under the radar as far as that goes."