Generally speaking, the only time most fans give any consideration to the long snapper is when something goes horribly wrong. Just ask New York Giants fans who Trey Junkin is. For Boston College, the guy who would very much like to stay under the radar and accomplish his tasks is Sean Flaherty.
Of course, this is not to disparage Flaherty in any way, but on football teams, you never notice that guy until something out of the ordinary happens. That’s just the nature of the job, and certainly he understands it.
Flaherty’s Boston College career, which is coming to an end after this season as a senior, has followed that path and been quiet. After playing for Loveland High School in his Ohio hometown, he joined the team in 2008, whereupon he redshirted. When activated in 2009, Flaherty joined the special teams unit, and over the previous three seasons, he has appeared in 33 games. In addition to long snapping for kicks and punts, Flaherty has appeared on kick coverage as well, making a couple tackles.
Hopefully not, but if the BC offense in 2012 is anything like what it’s been since 2009, then the Eagles will punt and kick field goals plenty of times, which means more work for him. With any luck, Flaherty will get to be the long snapper for a few more extra-point attempts in his final year at Boston College.