Mr. Reliable – Tulane long snapper Eatherly ready to improve on fourth team All-American season
Tulane long-snapper Geron Eatherly earned fourth team All-America honors in 2018
NEW ORLEANS – When Tulane football’s Geron Eatherly is asked if he has ever had a bad snap since taking over as the team’s long snapper, he is very quick to point out that he has never had one.
Eatherly is then also quick to find a piece of wood to knock on to avoid any possible jinx.
“I’m very superstitious,” Eatherly said. “I have the exact same warm up for every single game.”
As the team’s long snapper, Eatherly is fully aware that one bad snap to the punter or the holder could potentially cost Tulane a game, so when preparing for a game, the San Antonio, Texas, native takes a different approach than others on the team.
“It’s kind of different from a lot of players,” Eatherly said. “I try to stay as calm as possible and try to keep my nerves controlled so that I can stay put-together out there because any increase in my nervousness could cause me to have a bad snap. I just try to stay as composed and confident as I can through the whole procedure.”
Eatherly, who is entering his senior season at Tulane, has made a career of staying in the background.
“Yeah that’s a good thing,” Eatherly said. “I don’t like hearing my name after a game and I don’t like people recognizing me after a game.”
“The best thing about a snapper is if you don’t talk about him very much,” head coach Willie Fritz said.
Although Eatherly has done his best to stay out of the headlines, each perfect snap slowly derails that quest.
“Geron is just so accurate, and he’s so consistent,” Fritz said.
Eatherly’s consistency throughout the 2018 season earned him Phil Steele Fourth Team All-America honors.
“I didn’t originally see it,” Eatherly said. “My friend who was actually in the first-team spot retweeted it, so I saw it based after his Twitter. I was really happy about it because obviously there are things that I can still work toward. Fourth team is never the goal. It’s always first team. I was happy about it, but I just can’t keep this from helping me push on.”
Although Eatherly has begun to earn individual recognition nationally for his ability, he is also quick to point out the importance of his teammates that make the Green Wave’s special teams’ units one of the best in The American.
“It’s awesome knowing that I have a punter back there who trusts me enough and one that I get along with,” Eatherly said.
Teammate Ryan Wright, who earned freshman All-American honors a year ago, also realizes the importance of a good long snapper and never takes Eatherly’s reliability for granted.
“I never get a bad snap from Geron,” Wright said.
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