Last Friday, we took a closer look at Rams rookie long snapper Travis Tripucka and his journey to the NFL. Travis, doing his part to continue the Tripucka legacy, started with a lacrosse scholarship and eventually walked on to win the long snapping job at the University of Massachusetts. Tripuckacaught the eye of professional scouts and is here at Rams Park trying to make his NFL dream come true.
This week, we continue our player interview series with second-year long snapper Jake McQuaide. McQuaide took a similar route, walking onto the team at Ohio State. He tells us about his transition from tight end to his current position, about being a professional in this league and how long snappers are unique football players.
McQuaide learned the basics of long snapping his first year of playing football in the sixth grade. It was then that a coach on his junior varsity team, who had previously played the position at Ohio University, literally taught him how to snap a football.