We’ve made it to the third and final part of this Penn State Special Teams series.
There are two more big questions that need answers before this season starts. Who will act as the long snapper after Tyler Yazujian’s graduation and will Penn State fan favorite Joey Julius return to the team?
Yazujian, or as he was known to his teammates and to fans, Yaz, was as routine as long snappers come. Yaz was the starting long snapper for three years, starting in 2014.
Despite being a nameless and thankless position compared to the others around him, with the average fan only taking notice on rare miscues, the absence of Yaz is huge for Penn State.
The most commonly mentioned name in the small hat of possible replacements is redshirt junior Kyle Vasey. Zach Ladonis is another possible candidate.
Ladonis, a redshirt senior, is the only one out of the two with any college experience. Ladonis walked on the team in 2013 and snapped punts in five games that season. He lost the starting job to Yaz a year later due to a season ending injury.
It’s rare for teams nowadays to have designated kickoff specialists, but after the last couple of seasons and many highlights, Joey “Big Toe” Julius has found a place in our hearts.
Not only for breaking the “typical kicker” mold but as an extra tackler on kickoffs, if the return man is foolish enough to try to return it out of the end zone.
The big question will be whether Julius decides to rejoin the team. He recently announced that he is back in a treatment center to help him overcome his eating disorder.
Hello friends and family. I just wanted to let everyone know since I have been asked a bunch why I was not at blue white…由 Joey Julius 发布于 2017年5月5日
In no way shape or form would I rather see him on the field instead of helping make himself better. I’m sure that every Penn Stater feels the same way.
Julius is an inspiration to all of us, and we wish him all the best on his journey to recovery.
We’d all love to see you back in the basic blues come the fall Joey, but your wellbeing is more important.
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