From Long Snapper to Holder

Kilgallen, Ryan

By Cadet Ryan Kilgallen

Austin Wiles, who wears No. 53 on the football team, has played in 138 snaps in his collegiate career.  Among those snaps, Wiles has yet to have a bad one as he is a perfect 138 for 138.

The 5’10, 210-pound senior from Rock Hill spent the off-season working on his snapping and preparing for a third year as the starting long snapper.

With two weeks left in the Bulldogs’ summer camp, Wiles was called into Coach Kevin Higgins’ office to discuss the possibility of a new position.  The next day at practice, Wiles was holding snaps with the first team specialists. Many wondered why the coach would switch Wiles’ position if he is a top of the line long snapper.

Austin Wiles-WCU-2013-1

In my opinion – and possibly Coach Higgins’ — Wiles is more of a threat with the ball in his hands as he has the ability to make things happen when he touches the ball.

“I am just going to play where I am needed and do what is best for the team,” said Wiles.

After the first two games of the season, Wiles has six successful holds.

I wouldn’t be surprised if his perfect string continues.

Ryan Kilgallen is a member of the baseball team.


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