By Bob DiCesare
UB head coach Jeff Quinn never has been shy about commiting scholarships to specialists. Show him a kicker or a punter he can rely upon for three or four years and he'll tender an offer. The same goes for long snappers, a vital cog in the kicking games.
Quinn made just such a move this offseason, brining in a freshman long snapper he sees giving the program four years of production. And that long snapper is Corbin Grassman, who it so happens is the cousin of the Bulls punter, sophomore Tyler Grassman.
Shortly after arriving on campus Tyler began inquiring about the status of UB's long-snapper situation. When special teams coordinator Marty Speiler asked why he was interested, Tyler put in a word for Corbin,
"I said 'My cousin's a long snapper and he's pretty good and he hasn't gotten many looks yet.'
"He was like, 'Well, tell him to come up for our camp and we'll take a look at him.' And I guess when he came up he was lights out and they liked what they saw. It's pretty good. I'm excited about it."
"It was definitely the chance of a lifetime," Corbin said. "I didn't think very many chances would come along, especially for snapping. Not a lot of schools actually offer long-snappers."
The uniting of the cousins (their fathers are brothers) should help foster peace in the family. The two played on opposing Ohio high schools located 20 minutes apart.
'We always wanted to play together and my grandmother's always struggled trying to come to my game on one night and his game on another night," Tyler said. "So she's absolutely thrilled she's going to be able to watch us both on the same field."
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