The Times West Virginian

Local sports

August 19, 2006

WVU rates Lindsey league’s best long snapper

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University considers Tim Lindsey the best long snapper in the Big East.

The 6-4, 270-pound senior from Bridgeport was a walk-on until just before summer set in. That’s when Rich Rodriguez put him on scholarship.

“He’s very, very accurate and consistent,” the head coach said. “He takes his job very seriously. He studies his snaps on film.”

Lindsey, who also has played tight end, became the No. 1 long snapper in preseason practice a year ago.

That was after he had a casual snapping session with Mike Bartrum, former Philadelphia Eagles long snapper. Lindsey happened to be mowing a neighbor’s lawn in Bridgeport while Bartrum was visiting.

Before they parted, the ol’ pro gave the Mountaineer standout some valuable pointers.

“We’re doing a lot of snapping for field goals and punts in camp,” Lindsey said. “Despite Pat McAfee being injured, we still get our work in with Scott Kozlowski and David Brewer.

“We have to keep our timing more in line because Pat is a little quicker to the ball. That’s more like we’re used to getting. So it’s a little different when Pat is out there.”

Lindsey’s older brother, Donnie, lettered four years as WVU’s long snapper from 1996-99.

“We have a little thing going with my brother,” he said. “He tells me he was faster than I am. I tell him I challenge that. He can’t do anything about it now.”

Lindsey was credited with making three tackles last season. He hopes to increase that number this year.

“I snap the ball and then run,” he explained. “So I don’t block as much.”

He’s helping two backups, Adam Hughes and Thor Merrow, become better long snappers.

“Both are pretty good athletes,” Lindsey said. “Thor is a little faster with his feet (in the 40-yard dash).”

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