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Sunday, February 10, 2013
Heffron eyeing shot at long snapper

By Damon Sayles

With the majority of players from the 2013 recruiting class signed, some programs are now looking to fill the final one or two spots. Many programs use those last spots for special teams positions, whether it be kickers, punters or long snappers.

Kyle Heffron (San Antonio/Reagan) is hoping to become one of those specialty players to play college ball. A reserve right guard for Reagan, Heffron knew his chance to see playing time would be on special teams, and he’s taken advantage of that.

Heffron now is one of the few high school long snappers with an average snap time of less than eight seconds.

“I’ve been doing it about a year and a half. I started my junior year during off-season,” Heffron said. “I didn’t think much of it when I started. I figured I was good at it, and that’d where I’d get on the football field. I just kind of perfected it.

Heffron now has looks from Stephen F. Austin and has sent film to Texas Tech and Texas State. At 5-foot-11 and 230 pounds, Heffron knows he’s slightly undersized to play on the offensive line in a high-major FBS program.

He also knows that few lineman at that level can do what he does well for special teams.

“It’d be crazy if I got that chance,” Heffron said. “I hope it happens.”