Dragon Long Snapper Paves the Way for His Future
Sep 24, 2015 04:34AM ● Published by Kevin
We were able to catch up with Seacat in this week's Q&A to chat about his commitment to Texas Tech, his future, and this year's team.
Southlake Style: Why did you choose Texas Tech? Explain your preferred walk-on status.
IV Seacat: I went out there for a football camp on the field in Lubbock. It was a special teams camp on June 13. They saw me snap out there. The coach really liked it and he offered me a preferred walk-on that day. I had two options at that point at least. I had Texas Tech and Oklahoma as a preferred walk-on. The situation of playing time for me at Tech was much better than OU. [Oklahoma] had three separate long snappers on the roster already. Texas Tech had two, and one was iffy on if he wanted to stay and play football or not.
My dad went to Tech and my grandfather taught at Tech. I’ve had some ties there in Lubbock. I’ve been going there since I was a child and watching football and stuff. It was always kind of a dream to play there. When I got there, I thought it was best for me. It finally worked out.
I’m excited to see this team. I know that some guys have already committed and I’ve contacted some of them. I’m excited to meet them, get to know them and see their talent. It will be fun to play against Obi [Eboh] and Robert [Barnes] as they’ve commited to the Big 12 as well. I know [Texas Tech is] 2-0 already and that’s good to see. I’m excited to see how I compare to all the other athletes.
SS: Talk more about the family history at Texas Tech and their outlook on your commitment.
Seacat: I think my dad was pretty ecstatic about it. Just knowing that he’s a football fanatic. When I committed, regardless he was thrilled about that, but especially at Tech, it was even more special. He’s excited for me going to Tech. He’s more excited for me to play football at Tech, because he’s a big fan of football in general, but especially Tech. I’m glad I made that decision.
My grandfather taught electrical engineering there. I believe there’s a hall in the electrical engineering building that’s named after our family because he taught there for so long.
SS: Talk about long snapping - it's such a unique position that doesn't get talked about much.
Seacat: When I was in middle school, growing up, I played center on the o-line. I wasn’t ever the tallest, biggest guy, but I always liked to play and had a passion for it. Being center, they put me at long snapper too. That was in 7th grade. I didn’t know how to long snap that well. I looked on YouTube to find out the basics of it all. I just stuck with it and liked it.
I went to a football camp and saw there were really good guys out there and maybe I would have a future at this. I stuck it out and I’m glad I did. It got me the varsity role as a sophomore. That helped a lot, giving me opportunities to long snap and play linebacker. It put me on the map as well.
I attended Rubio and Cole kicking camps. It furthered my knowledge of the techniques and whatnot. This last year, truly deciding I really wanted to have a future in this really [helped me] grind it out. I was snapping every single day. Not all 5-foot-9, 185-pound kids have a good opportunity at the next level or anything. I thought long snapping was a good opportunity for me. I wanted to stick it out because I really love football.
SS: What are your future aspirations? Obviously as a long snapper, you get a chance to possibly continue your career at the next level beyond college. Is that in your plans?
Seacat: Yessir for sure. In my prayers, I hope it works out. I’m not going to give it up. I’ll keep grinding it out to snap at the last level. I want to major in petroleum engineering in college. I don’t want to rely on [the NFL] or anything. They have a good major in petroleum engineering there. That was another big deciding factor in committing to Tech over Oklahoma.
I looked into it and all the different types of engineering. It kind of caught my eye. It’s always on the coast and I do like working outside and in nature. I’d rather be doing that than in an office all day. I saw interest in it and engineering in general. I wanted to give it a try. Maybe I won’t like it when I get there, but from what I know that I’ve seen and studied, I think I’ll like it and can hopefully keep sticking out with it.
SS: This year, you have 29 tackles, which is the second most on the team. Speak to the hard work that goes into that.
Seacat: It is a lot of hard work. It’s more mentally hard than it is physically hard because of how hard we train in our program. It comes with it and comes natural. The mental aspect of it is a lot more than just about anyone would think. Having to control the whole defense the majority of the time the front 7 but sometimes the whole defense. I have a lot of fun with it going out there, living out those Friday nights, those dreams, because I know I don’t have many more of them, it keeps me going. I’m excited to finish up the season and see what we can do.
SS: Give us your personal breakdown of all the games so far.
Seacat: I think we’re looking pretty good. Our team has a lot of potential. We have to come around with it. District play is coming up. If we come around with it, we’ll have no problem competing with anybody in our district. We have to form as a team, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Defensively, we have to become disciplined and form a lot more trust within the defense. We have a young defense. We have three out of 11 starting seniors on the defense and we have eight juniors. Pretty soon, we’ll be a force to be reckoned with. I’m excited to see how that folds out and that will come with trust and discipline through our team.
SS: What do you like to do outside of football?
Seacat: I go hunting and fishing quite often. I play some Madden obviously, some [NBA] 2k. Nothing really besides working for football, studying for school ... that’s about it. During the fall and winter we go hunting, but that’s about it. I run track. I pole vaulted through junior year and then ended up stopping and I just ran the 100 open last year. I used to play baseball until freshman year, but I decided to hang it up and just focus on football.
SS: Anyone in particular you'd like to attribute your successes?
Seacat: I’d say my grandpa and my dad. They both motivated me through my athletic career and life. I always wanted to play for my grandpa and my dad kept me on top of everything and motivated me. Playing for my family motivates me, my mom and everybody, but mainly my grandpa and dad motivate me to be the best I can be in and out of football.