47 days to Camp Rantoul

47 days to Camp Rantoul

Counting down the 50 most important Illini

No. 47: Zach Hirth, long snapper

Why he’s important: Someone has to get the ball to punter Justin DuVernois and holder Tim Russell. It appears the responsibility will fall to Hirth, who did not play last year. The red-shirt freshman had the chance to learn from three-year starter Zak Pedersen last fall. Now, if he can secure the starting job over Centennial product Michael Martin, he’ll have the opportunity to maintain his anonymity. Unless he botches a snap by sending one way over DuVernois’ head or by one-hopping one to Russell. The long snapper doesn’t want to see a group of reporters asking him questions after a game. So if we don’t talk to Hirth this year, don’t take offense. He’s just doing his job.

Fast fact: Hirth, who hails from Eureka, Mo., (otherwise known as the home of Six Flags St. Louis), came to Illinois a preferred walk-on and picked Illinois over Iowa State.

Tomorrow: No. 46


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GallopingGhost77 wrote on July 10, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Why not Michael Martin?  The kid seems solid, and had a good spring game.  He was also awarded Top Specialist for the spring, and had the team's spring academic award.  Where's the love for the local product?

GallopingGhost77 wrote on July 10, 2013 at 9:07 pm