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The next David Binn?

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Buck Melanoma, Jul 2, 2011.

  1. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    OK, so he likely won't date Pam Anderson .... :cool:

    Waiting game continues for NFL hopeful Yount

    June 30, 2011

    Christian Yount spent the past four seasons as UCLA’s long snapper, but he wasn’t drafted last April. That makes him an unsigned free agent and puts him in a state of limbo. (UCLA Athletics)
    Who knows when the phone is going to ring? It could be today, or tomorrow. Maybe next week.

    The thing is, no one knows. Christian Yount doesn’t, but he’s ready anyway.

    At some point, his agent or a friend is going to pick up the phone and tell him that the NFL lockout is over. Then he can begin living his dream.

    Yount wants a pro career, but until owners and players find a common ground in their negotiations, he — and many others like him — must sit and wait, uncertain whether they’ll be signed and losing time each day the lockout continues.

    Yount spent the past four seasons as UCLA’s long snapper, but he wasn’t drafted last April. That makes him an unsigned free agent and puts him in a state of limbo. Unlike college players who were drafted, he doesn’t have a team. He knows there’s interest in him, but until he signs a contract, all he can do is wait and hope.

    “The way I’ve approached it is, it’s the same thing everybody else is going through,” he said. “Cam Newton’s not in Carolina working with those guys. I’m sure he’s working out every day, getting better, just like I am. So we’re all in the same boat, whether it’s the first guy picked or me, who didn’t get drafted.”

    Yount, who turns 23 next week, knows everything would be different if the NFL had a collective bargaining agreement in place. He probably would have been signed a day or two after the draft and already been to mini-camp trying to impress his new team’s coaches.

    But he can’t do that now. So he works out at a training facility in Orange County that’s also frequented by NFL players like Mark Sanchez and Bob Sanders. This week, he was helping out former Bruins long snapper Chris Rubio, who runs summer camps for high school and junior college players looking to improve their snapping skills.

    Not getting drafted wasn’t the worst thing. No NFL team has drafted a long snapper the past two years, preferring to bring in candidates as free agents. But two pre-draft websites rated Yount the No. 3 long snapper in the country, and he was twice named by Playboy magazine as a preseason All-American — the first long snapper to win a spot on the team.

    “You want to get drafted just because it would be cool,” he said. “So you always have those hopes. The end result is, whether you’re drafted or not, there’s still a possibility of being on a team and snapping in the fall. But I just want to play football.”

    Yount and his agent, Paul Sheehy, know there will be interest once the NFL resumes business. He was picked to play in the Senior Bowl last January and met with more than half of the league’s 32 teams during the week in Mobile, Ala.

    “I talked to tons of teams there,” he said. “It was fun talking to scouts, meeting coaches, being in that environment, especially for a long snapper. It’s one of those positions that gets kind of hidden. But down there, you’re sitting in your room and you get a call: ‘Hey, can you come down and talk to us for 15 minutes?’ ”

    Those sessions were enough to make Yount and Sheehy believe they would find a spot when camps finally open.

    “Long snappers rarely get drafted, so it wasn’t our expectation,” Sheehy said. “I have a good feeling where I think we’re going to end up, and when that clock hits, we’ll have a deal done. Nothing is guaranteed, but I’m pretty darn certain that’s going to happen.”

    But getting a contract is one thing; making a roster is another. Long snappers are specialists like place-kickers and punters, only much more anonymous. But the good ones have long careers: Brian Jennings has been long snapping for the San Francisco 49ers for 11 seasons, Lonie Paxton has enjoyed an 11-year career, the past nine with the New England Patriots.

    “Christian is as good as any of those guys,” Sheehy said. “You’ll see him land in a good situation, make roster and have a very long and anonymous career.”

    Still, there aren’t too many jobs to be won.

    “It’s one of the hardest jobs in America to get other than being president,” Yount said. “You have a better shot at being a United States senator than being an NFL long snapper because there’s more spots.”

    But until there’s a new CBA, he won’t get his shot at winning one. So he checks Twitter for news and waits for the phone to ring.

    And stays patient.

    “You can’t be frustrated,” he said. “It’s like, what am I going to do? If I wake up every morning and say, ‘Man, the lockout’s still on,’ how is that going to benefit my workout?

    “It’s just given me more time. I’m getting better every day in my snapping, getting more in shape, getting more prepared to handle the rigors of the NFL.”
  2. Pointyearedog

    Pointyearedog I only put idiots on ignore...

    Aug 19, 2008
    Finally, an article with substance! Great find!

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