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46 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Dalton Converse


#46 Dalton Converse
True Sophomore
5-11 | 230
Clay Center, Kan.


Position: Long Snapper

Previous College: None

Projection: Second-String

Status: Walk-On

Poor Dalton L. Converse (b. March 31, 1993) literally was thrown into the lion's den last season.

He walked on in 2011 as both a linebacker and long snapper, but the latter position is where I list him since we had a slightly greater need there, especially if neither Marcus Heit nor Chandler Smith had panned out.

Well, Heit did pan out — through the regular season, at least. Then he failed to remain academically eligible and was not able to travel with the team to the Cotton Bowl, which obviously left us in quite a bind.

Converse's redshirt was lifted and he was told he would be the starting long-snapper for the big game.

With the inexperienced Converse firing the snaps to him, Ryan Doerr averaged 42.6 yards per punt, with one downed inside the 20, one in excess of 50 yards, two touchbacks and two fair catches.

Not bad for your first action ever as a collegiate football player, on one of the biggest stages on which you can play.

Rubio Longsnapping rated Converse as a 3.5-star long snapper. At first, he was getting by on brute strength, but he's apparently really refined his technique, and it's made him even faster and more accurate.