Sunday, August 4, 2013

2013 Season Countdown: #27 Jareth Glanda

Jareth Glanda
Name: Jareth Glanda
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 246 lbs.
High school: Rochester Hills (MI) Brother Rice
Position: Long snapper
Class: Redshirt senior
Jersey number: #54
Last year: I ranked Glanda #33 and said he would be the starting long snapper and short snapper. He started at long snapper and short snapper and assisted on 2 tackles.

Glanda was Michigan's short snapper last year for the second consecutive season, and he also took over long snapping duties for the first time. While his 2012 season didn't include any glorious moments like catching a pass in the Sugar Bowl, he still did a good job snapping the ball, helping Michigan avoid any major snapping snafus.

This year I'm ranking Glanda slightly higher. Not only is he expected to be the starting short and long snapper again, but last year's second-stringer, Curt Graman, decided not to return for a fifth year. That leaves true freshman Scott Sypniewski as the only backup. I expected Michigan to have its fair share of close games this year, so good snapping will be important if they want to win those games.

Prediction: Starting long snapper and short snapper


  1. Thankfully I have never heard of this kid.
    And I can honestly say I don't ever care to hear the long snappers name called in a game.

  2. You might have heard of him if you watched the 2012 Sugar Bowl.

  3. As much as I like the unconventional thinking, this is too high. Last year - OK, but this year we have a scholarship player as a backup (even though he's a freshman). So, there's a viable backup if something were to happen to Glanda. In most years (when there will be just one scholarship player available) I could see a ranking in the mid 20s perhaps, but in a year where you have a proven vet starter, experienced kickers who should be able to manage a reasonable mistake, and a scholarship backup (which I imagine will be rare), this is too high.