The kick-snapping woes that plagued the Tulane football team in 2014 and 2015 might be a thing of the past.
The Green Wave made it official Monday that long snapper Geron Eatherly will enroll for the fall semester and be under scholarship as part of the 2016 signing class under new coach Willie Fritz.
Eatherly, from San Antonio Clark High, is rated the No. 7 long snapper in the nation by ChrisSailerkicking.com.
“I was looking through some lists, and I had a friend of mine who had seen him live in a camp,” Fritz said. “It’s sometimes hard to recruit long snappers based on videotape if you haven’t worked with them, but I have some recruiting experience over in San Antonio. We needed a Division I long snapper.
“John Leglue’s done a really good job, and so has (walk-on) Aaron Golub, but the more, the better.”
Mike Lizanich, Tulane’s scholarship long snapper the past three years, did not return to the team this spring. He lost his role to Leglue, then a backup offensive tackle who has become a first-team player under Fritz, after two games last year. Lizanich dribbled a punt snap that set up a Duke touchdown in the opener and sailed another one over the head of punter Peter Picerelli for a safety against Georgia Tech. Neither mistake was a first-time offense.
Leglue performed better than Lizanich but still had accuracy issues. He also could not work with the special teams during individual drills while he practiced with the offensive linemen.
“During pre-practice while we’re meeting, the kickers, punters and snappers are doing drills,” Fritz said. “It’s good to have a guy that just does that.”