2015 Husker profile: Jordan Ober

Long snapper Jordan Ober wasn't signed to be a guy on the sidelines. Expect him in the middle of the action this fall.

Jordan Ober

Position: LS

Height/Weight: 6-foot-1/195-pounds

High School: Bishop Gorman HS (N.V.)

Year: True Freshman


2014 review:
The nation’s No. 11 long snapper in the country according to RubioLongSnapping.com, Ober helped Bishop Gorman kickers connect on 102-of-109 extra points and 4-of-7 field goals.

With Ober as the long snapper, the Gael also averaged over 40-yards per punt.


2015 preview:

You don’t give a scholarship to a long snapper and plan to redshirt him. The plan is always a four-year one.

Ober will be the guy this fall. Huskers fans just need to hope he’s as rock solid as Gabe Miller was in 2013 as a true freshman scholarship long snapper.

Nebraska special teams coach Bruce Read is considered one of the better specialist coaches in the country. He identified Ober in mid-January and things quickly progressed.

“I’ve got the best evaluator of specialists out of anybody. His track record on doing this is outstanding,” said head coach Mike Riley. “We just want to make sure we’re really good there. That’s why we scholarship them. And certainly you’ve got to be right because you’re not going to go find another one next year.”


BRR projection: Nebraska special teams coach Bruce Read told reporters this spring he’s “excited” for Ober and the snapper will make guys like kicker Drew Brown and punter Sam Foltz better.

With reports long snapper Josh Faulkberry leaving the program eventually, Ober will be the guy immediately. He was going to be no matter what.


How he ended up in Lincoln:
Ober chose the Huskers over walk-on offers from Arizona State, Boise State and San Jose State. It’s not uncommon for even elite long snappers to only receive one or two offers. “I won’t say this is always the case, but we set aside three scholarships for the specialist positions: the kicker, the punter and the long snapper,” said Nebraska head coach Mike Riley. “Have we always done that? No. But we certainly understand the need and the importance of that position.” In most years, there are only 8-10 scholarships extended from power five schools to long snappers.


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