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.
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.