UCLA Long Snapper Johnny Den Bleyker Talks All-Freshmen Specialist Group

Aug. 26 -- UCLA long snapper Johnny Den Bleyker spoke about the all-freshmen specialist group, his first fall camp and more...


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On all the specialists being freshman:

We're all coming in at the same time, we're all new here and it gives us something to build on. We have some older guys that mix with the younger guys for a good combination.

On where he is physically:

They haven't approached me about that yet. Where I'm at now, I can definitely play. I definitely want to get bigger, that's one of my major goals being here.  Right now, I feel pretty good and really confident.

On his long snapping experience:

It's something I've done for a while. My brother started his junior year, going to camps, and I started following him and following his tracks. That led me to go through the process. I officially started in 8th grade.  I consistently went to camps. I went to Chris Rubio and he was the best trainer I worked with and it was a great experience.

On if he played other positions in high school:

I played anywhere form offensive line to defensive line, fullback to linebacker. Anything I could play, I was determined to do it.

On why he focused on long snapper:

I know I'm not the biggest or fastest, so in order to play at a top tier level, this was a way to get on the field. I love doing it and it's been great so far.

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