LSU fans who can't wait for the first snap of Saturday's game against Wisconsin to see the accuracy of the quarterbacks may not know the name Reid Ferguson, but the Tigers' long-snapper is just as focused on hitting holders and punters right between the numbers.
Junior Reid Ferguson (No. 50) said he has snapped the ball 260 times during LSU games and they've all pretty much been on the mark, except the first one. In the 2012 season opener against North Texas, the snap went soaring over punter Jamie Keehn's head, but Keehn was able to recover beautifully and still managed a 38-yard punt.
"Definitely not one of the best feelings I've ever had," Ferguson. "Coach Miles and the team, afterward, they weren't necessarily mad at me and just tried to laugh it off."
After that dubious start, everyone knew who knew who Ferguson was, but since then, not many people have said it and that's a good thing.
"My aim is not to make my name the most-known on the team because that probably means I'm not doing my job. Georgia, last year, Colby [Delahoussaye] hit a 49, I think. We had to get some points on the board. He made the field goal, so that was a big snap," Ferguson said.
Doing one thing and doing it well has been Ferguson's ticket to running out of the Tiger Stadium tunnel and being part of a powerhouse program.
"Once I peaked in high school, probably around 225, it kind of dawned on me that I can't play offensive line in college. From then on, the rest is history. Great experience. Gets better every day," Ferguson explained.
Keehn and Delahoussaye returning, Ferguson expects special teams to continue to thrive under head coach Les Miles.
"Really good camp, looking strong in practice, Jamie as well, looking forward to a big year," Ferguson added.
He has a brother who plans to sign with LSU in 2015 and keep long-snapping in the family.
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