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Oklahoma football: How Wesley Horky landed a rare scholarship offer for a long snapper

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound long snapper signed after visiting Norman, completing a journey that began when Horky became his pee-wee team’s snapper by default many years ago.
by Jason Kersey Published: March 29, 2014

Hentrich, who played his final 12 NFL seasons with the Tennessee Titans, retired in 2009 and started Legacy Kicking, a business based out of Nashville, Tenn., that tutors kickers and punters all over the country.

After that first meeting, Hentrich regularly called and asked Horky to provide snaps during his private lessons in the Nashville area.

“Quite honestly, I’ve really never seen him throw a bad snap, and I’ve seen hundreds of his snaps,” Hentrich said. “His balls are super easy to catch. As a punter, catching good spirals is really what we want to do, and that’s what he’s so good at. Every one of his balls is a perfect spiral.”

Horky picked up an offer from Murray State, a Football Championship Subdivision program in Kentucky, but wanted the chance to play big-time college football and committed to become a preferred walk-on at Tennessee.

But a few weeks after National Signing Day, OU special teams coordinator Jay Boulware called to say he had a scholarship for Horky.

He visited in late February and signed before he left.

“I just fell in love with OU,” Horky said. “The players, the coaching staff, the whole nine yards. It’s awesome.”

He fills an important need for the Sooners, too, with long snapper Austin Woods graduated. Oklahoma has rarely awarded scholarships to long snappers right out of high school, but coach Bob Stoops said Horky’s special skills made him an exception.

“It’s something we really need with Austin being gone, and the positive with Wesley is he can really cover too,” Stoops said. “Woody was awesome snapping the ball but getting down and covering people wasn’t a big part of his game.

“We’re fired up about him.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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