While they may be the most unheralded position outside of fullbacks, long snappers are very important. It’s their job to snap the ball a considerable distance accurately to a holder or punter to allow a field goal or punt to be made successfully. Louisville Football has had some successful long snappers. There was Colin Holba and now there is Mitch Hall. A relatively new award, The Mannelly Award, was created in 2019 to honor college football’s best long snappers. Mitch Hall has been named to the watch list for the award.
Hall is a redshirt senior that began his career in Louisville in 2018. The 6’1 203 lbs native of NC has been spectacular in his 4 previous seasons and looks to close out his career with a great 2021 season. He’s played in 43 games during his career so far. Hall has been very reliable and has had a minuscule amount of bad snaps in his career. Much as Colin Holba has played in the NFL, Hall will have a good chance to play in the NFL as well.
The founders of the award were former collegiate and NFL long snapper Patrick Mannelly (for whom the award is named), Kevin Gold, and Chris Rubio. The award was created to highlight the brilliance of a position most don’t understand the importance of. The first two award winners were John Shannon of Notre Dame in 2019 and Thomas Fletcher of Alabama in 2020. Mitch Hall looks to become the third recipient.