Tanner Carew: The Best Long Snapper In The Nation

Tanner Carew: The Best Long Snapper In The Nation

Tanner Carew

Pro football’s biggest scouting event is an opportunity for 336 athletes to showcase their skills in an audition for a spot on a pro team’s roster. Tanner Carew is in a league of his own, however. That’s because he’s the only long snapper that received an invite to this year’s event.  

 You may be wondering how someone becomes so good at such a specialized position. We were, too. So we asked him. As it turns out, Carew got his start in long snapping in a pretty normal way. 

“I was just the center for the team in 5th grade and they were like, ‘Hey, can you long snap, too?’” Carew said.  

He started practicing a little bit and soon became the team’s long snapper. Carew continued to get better and better every year. He even began to participate in special training and camps for long snappers to hone his craft. Carew became the nation’s best long snapping recruit and got invited to the U.S. Army All-American Game. 

Carew played college football at Oregon, where his speed and accuracy as a long snapper began to draw attention from pro scouts. He delivered all 146 snaps accurately as a sophomore and all 134 snaps as a junior. 

The long snapper even racked up a few tackles and downed a punt inside the 5-yard line during his career. The secret to his success? It’s the same as any other football player’s. 

“Just keep working hard,” Carew said. “The key is to just stay consistent.”  

Kickers and punters get most of the glory when it comes to the specialist group, but Carew is the one who starts the whole process. An inaccurate snap can throw off everything, resulting in shanked kicks.  

He snapped about 200 snaps to punters and kickers in front of scouts at this week, in addition to running the 40-yard dash and other drills. As the best long snapper in the nation, Carew will likely find himself in the league next year, and is thought by many experts to be a mid-to-late-round draft pick, which is rare for the position.  

No matter how it happens or where he lands, Carew is confident that he’ll be snapping for a long time to come. 

“Being here in Indy shows I’m doing something right, but there’s more to be done,” Carew said. “I have so much more to work on. I’m not even close to being done.” 

 


Thanks to Tanner Carew for his time and make sure to check out the Eastbay Blog for more exclusive stories on the biggest names of the 2018 rookie class.

Nike Lunar TR1 Rivalry – Oregon Ducks

Nike Lunar TR1 Rivalry – Oregon Ducks

words // Luis Sanchez

Following yesterday’s release of the Vapor Talon cleats, Nike Training is now offering the Lunar TR1 in both home & away University of Oregon colorways.

The Ducks-inspired Lunar TR1 Nike Training shoes feature Evolved Flywire tech that hugs the foot to provide a supportive natural fit. Zoom Air cushioning is also utilized by the Lunar Tr1, encapsulated in the training-specific Lunarlon tooling below.

Two colorways inspired by the University of Oregon Ducks were recently released, each featuring classic Ducks logos and hits of 3M reflective. A home colorway is seen working in a combination of summit white and apple green, while the road colorway sports black, gorge green and yellow.

The Oregon Ducks Nike Lunar TR1 Rivalry is now available in limited quantities here at Eastbay.

Available: Nike Lunar TR1 Rivalry – Oregon Ducks

Nike Lunar TR1 – Oregon Ducks

Nike Lunar TR1 – Oregon Ducks

words // Luis Sanchez

Eastbay’s selection of Nike Training shoes grows with this all new Ducks-inspired colorway of the Lunar TR1 for Nike’s University of Oregon.

The innovative Lunar TR1 puts to work a full Hyperfuse-constructed build, working together with a Dynamic Flywire lacing system and a Lunarlon sole below. The University of Oregon is represented well with a classic Ducks-inspired colorway brining together Apple Green with yellow and 3M reflective Swoosh branding. The Ducks’ team logo adorns the tongue, along with Oregon’s “Win the Day” slogan to top them off.

This all new Oregon Ducks edition of the Lunar TR1 by Nike is now available for purchase here at Eastbay.

Available: Nike Lunar TR1 – Oregon Ducks

Nike Rivalry Collection Now Available

Nike Rivalry Collection Now Available

words // Brandon Richard

One of the most anticipated elements of new college football seasons has become the unveiling of Nike’s Pro Combat uniforms and apparel. The Pro Combat system of dress takes an innovative approach to both the design and appearance aspects of uniforms, incorporating cultural cues of each team’s heritage. In addition to game-changing visuals, the uniforms offer the ultimate in lightweight protection.

Nike Football recently announced the nine teams that will be participating in the 2011 Pro Combat program, and leading the way this fall will be players from the University of Oregon, Boise State and Georgia. Before these teams hit the field in their new digs, Nike has released special “Rivalry Pack” products for each school to celebrate their inclusion in the program. Fans will not only have the opportunity to own the Nike Vapor Jet Premium Rivalry Gloves that the players will be wearing during games, but also special school-inspired make-ups of the brand new Nike Air Max Trainer Max.

The Nike Vapor Jet Premium Rivalry Gloves feature premium grip technology, making the style a must for receivers and defensive backs. An adjustable strap has been implemented to give you a secure, customized fit. Lastly, in true Pro Combat style, the gloves feature team graphics that form the school logo when both hands are interlocked.

School pride can displayed boldly with the Nike Rivalry Air Max Trainer 1.3. Each shoe is designed in school colors and features design cues that call to the heritage of each program. Team logos are centered on the tongues in shield form, while the heels are adorned with symbolic graphics. For Oregon, the letters “WTD,” which stand for the team’s “Win the Day” motto; Georgia keeps it simple with the classic G logo; and the Boise State pair “brings the hammer.”

You can see Oregon’s Pro Combat uniforms and apparel on the field against the LSU Tigers at Cowboys Stadium this Saturday, September 3rd. Georgia and Boise State will wear their new gear against each other at the Georgia Dome on Saturday as well.

All of these Nike Rivalry products are available now over at Eastbay.

Available now: Nike Rivalry Air Max Trainer 1.3

Available now: Nike Vapor Jet Premium Rivalry Gloves

Nike Air Trainer 1.3 Max Rivalry Oregon Stealth Black Cool Grey Volt 504735-007

Nike Vapor Jet Premium Rivalry Gloves Oregon Ducks

Nike Air Trainer 1.3 Max Rivalry Boise State Metallic Platinum Game Royal 504735-048

Nike Vapor Jet Premium Rivalry Gloves Boise State Broncos

Nike Air Trainer 1.3 Max Rivalry Georgia Bulldogs University Red Reflective Silver 504735-601

Nike Vapor Jet Premium Rivalry Gloves Georgia Bulldogs

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Oregon Opens Matthew Knight Arena In Style

Oregon Opens Matthew Knight Arena In Style

Oregon Opens Matthew Knight Arena In Style

words_Brandon Richard

Much has been made of the University of Oregon’s brand new $230 million dollar Matthew Knight Arena, which was named after the late son of chief donor and Nike Chairman Phil Knight. Particularly grabbing headlines is the arena’s unique basketball court, which was of course designed by legendary sneaker designer Tinker Hatfield. A salute to the tree-covered region and the original 1939 NCAA Championship Oregon “Tall Firs” basketball team, the court is unlike anything we’ve ever seen.

After months of build and anticipation, Matthew Knight Arena finally opened its doors to the public, as the Oregon Ducks hosted the Trojans of USC on Thursday night. Appropriately, Phil Knight was in the house amongst the 12,400 Duck faithful for the festivities. Behind a much-needed bench contribution from guard Malcolm Armstead, Oregon was able to hold off USC by a score of 68-62, making sure that ‘The Matt’ was opened in style.

Take a look at some photos from the big night below.

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