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The Cardinal Countdown: 76 Days Until Kickoff

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#76 Luke Massad

Class: RS Junior

Ht/Wt: 6-2/217

Position: Long Snapper

Hometown: Paducah, KY

Twitter: @lukemassad

Thoughts: Similar to my comment from last season, if there is any position that is allowed the freedom to disrupt my O-line momentum it’s someone on special teams. Massad fits that mold.

I won’t bore you with a repeat of my 2017 post, but Massad has a great story of transitioning late in his football career from a lineman, who was unlikely to get a look at the Division I level, to a long snapper who walked-on with the Cards and had interest from other schools. The position group is a little crowded (3 long snappers on roster) but Luke will continue to compete with Mitch Hall and Brendan Lowery for live game action in 2018. All signs point to Hall holding down the starting job but Massad and Lowery both will be used daily this season in practice sessions, getting reps with the backup punt team and field goal unit, ready to step in if needed.

Once again, my annual reminder….go grab your 5-8 year old son who’s spending 4 hours in his room playing Mindcraft and have him devote 30 minutes every day to snapping footballs through his legs. Amazing what 30 minutes over 10 years (…carry the three, divide by four, reduce the fraction…) can add up to. With a little hard work you could have a young man getting a free college scholarship, and if he’s fortunate enough to be REALLY good, he could be getting that Colin Holba money (4yr/$2.52mil). Not bad for snapping a ball.

Sweet Tweet:

They say one out of every three people has trouble with math. If it’s not one of your five friends, it’s probably you.