With only 42 days left, let’s review a guy we don’t know a whole lot about—Matt Cota
#42, Matt Cota, RS Junior, LS
Height: 6’ 1”
Weight: 189 lbs
High School: Eagle High School, Eagle, Idaho
How'd he get to the Blue™?
By accepting a walk-on position at Boise State. Being a long snapper is such a niche, but vital, position that it is kind of ironic that not a whole lot of a scholarship is not dedicated to it. Both Cota and Nicolai Pitman started out as walk-ons. While Cota does not have any previous in-game highlights, you can watch his snapping videos again.
At 6’ 1” 189 lbs he sure seems like a regular dude to me.
Young Chris O’Donnell?
Heading into is RS Junior season Mr. Cota still does not have many highlights to point out. He appeared against Louisiana last year. As a senior in high school he was all-state on the offensive line. He also achieved all-academic honors for four years.
All right guys. Guess who is primed to take over the long-snapper position because the previous starter graduated?
That’s right Mr. DJ Khaled! Matt Cota has put in the work, stayed the course, and (should) be richly rewarded! Mr. Cota has the unique potential of being the guy who snaps the ball to whomever is going to be the PAT holder, field goal holder, and whoever is going to punt the ball. (Punting the ball? With this offense? Get outta here, amiright?!)
Long-snapping is quite the thankless, and nameless, job. You will never hear Mr. Cota’s name called unless he goofs something up. Intentionally, I left out last year’s starter name above. Without cheating, take a guess as to who that was. Can you think of it? Probably not (if you are being honest). And that is the awesome thing about a guy who does his job, and does it well in this type of position: he will not be singled out for something negative. But long-snapping comprises so many plays that it probably deserves more publicity.
Anyway, Mr. Cota is in line to do great things for the Broncos and making sure special teams go off without a hitch.
And the previous starter? Kevin Keane.
Is he on Twitter?
I do not believe so. But the Boise State specialists Twitter has jokes.
How do you think Matt Cota will perform this year?— BSU Specialists (@Specialists_BSU) June 21, 2016
Completely made up fact
Matt Cota, like the lion, has a roar that can be heard from five miles away.