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Georgia's Brandon Kublanow switches to more effective snap out of shotgun formation

Jason Butt

jbutt@macon.com

Georgia center Brandon Kublanow (right) is using a new technique for snapping out of the shotgun.
Georgia center Brandon Kublanow (right) is using a new technique for snapping out of the shotgun.

Leave it to the Internet to fix Georgia head coach Mark Richt’s worries about the shotgun snap.

Richt said projected starting center Brandon Kublanow was having problems snapping the ball in the shotgun. The coaches tried to teach him how to throw a football properly, which would lead to a better snap. It just wasn’t working.

Kublanow, according to what Richt was told, took it upon himself to log online and find out various ways to approach the shotgun snap. Kublanow ended up finding one that best suited him, which is now working for Richt.

“Finally, one day he shows up with a new technique and it started working,” Richt said. “Some people use it across the country, kind of grab it more on the nose of the ball, the top part of it and bring it straight through and snap it back more like a punt. But he controls that better, he snaps it better, there’s no wrist action that makes the ball go up or right or left. It’s been a straight, firm snap. It’s not a spiral like a lot of people do but it’s been very effective.”

It took two practices for Richt to become a believer in the new technique. And it hasn’t been an issue with the quarterbacks either. Richt said Kublanow’s snaps are more controlled and hitting the same spot for the quarterbacks each time.

“It’s been firm, right in the middle of their belly button, where we want it. It changed my sleeping pattern because I was worried about those snaps.”

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