New Hampshire DB Jake Kiley Commits to Penn State
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Counting down the Lions: #50

Submitted by on July 17, 2009No Comment

In joining Charlie’s Top PSU moments, I’m going to add another daily countdown feature here at quebecpenspinning.  We’ll be measuring up the 50 most important players to Penn State’s success in the 2009 season.

We’ll start off with one of the more important players you’ve probably never heard of: long snapper Andrew Pitz.

Number: 40
Position: Long Snapper
Class: Redshirt Senior
Height: 6’3
Weight: 229
Hometown: Bettendorf, Iowa
How’d He Get Here: Pitz was largely unrecruited coming out of High School, and walked on to the Penn State team. He joined the Nittany Lions in 2005, taking a redshirt year. He sat out in 2006 and 2007 before being named the starter at long snapper before last season.
2008 Results: Pitz did a great job for the Lions last year, as almost all of his snaps were on target. No snaps went unhandled, and the fact that Penn State kickers hit 84% of their field goal attempts prove Pitz’s worth.  He also performed solidly on punt snaps, as no kicks were blocked or poorly handled.  Against Indiana, he made a fine play rushing down the field to down a ball inside the 2 yard line.
What to Expect in 2009: More of the same for Pitz. He’s got the most unspectacular job on the field, and handles himself admirably. With an untested group of field goal kickers, Pitz’s prowess will be particularly important.
Random Facts: Pitz has a 3.94 cumulative GPA, has been named to the Dean’s List 6 times, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his degree in broadcast journalism, graduating this past May.
The Final Word: Pitz is as dependable as a long snapper as there could be.  Sure, he’s only out there for a handful of snaps a game, but he does everything you could ask for.  It’s said about many positions, but it’s true here: the only good snapper is the one you never hear about.  Well, the only time you heard Pitz’s name last year was when he busted his ass to get down to the 2 yard line to down a punt (pictured below).  Keep it up, Andrew.

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