Hi, this is Sean Hobson, for Expert Village.
When we’re working with our centers, there are a couple of different ways we can snap
the ball. One is the traditional way where the quarterback comes up, gets under center
and we’ll snap the ball straight up through the center. But, there are some times when
we want to take our quarterback and drop him back into the backfield. That’s called running
out of the shotgun. There are many reasons why you want to take the quarterback back
into the shotgun. One, you want to get him a greater depth away from the line because
of a lot of pressure. Two, if you have a smaller quarterback you may want to run him back in
the shotgun so he has a better ability to see over the line and making passes. We also
may want to run our quarterback as a running back. We put him in the backfield so he can
snap it, he can make a decision to hand off or he can go ahead and run the ball. There’s
a lot of different reasons why we want to run out of the shotgun. It’s important that
our center is not only good at snapping the ball traditionally, but also good at the shotgun
snap. We’re going to show you what this looks like (video demo). Again, he has to be in
a good stance. Even with the shotgun he has to tilt back a little more but we want it
to look the same so he’s consistent in his snapping. This takes a lot of practice. You
can’t expect him to do this perfectly the first time. We want him to take it through
his legs, keep the ball as straight as possible and throw a spiral back to the quarterback.
It will look a little like this (video demo). You want pretty good speed on it but you don’t
want to snap it back so quickly that the quarterback can’t field it. The main thing is that this
guy gets a good snap back there so the quarterback can catch it and he can make a decision. That’s
called the shotgun snap.