Menlo grad Smith's football job with the Trojans is a snap


Menlo School grad Zach Smith will take his final snap at Stanford Stadium as a college football player on Saturday.

The USC long snapper has made a career out of hiking the ball on extra point attempts and punts. It would be no surprise if an NFL team used a draft choice on him. He's in select company at his position.

Zach Smith
Smith, a one-time walk-on who received a scholarship in the fall of 2015, appeared in all 14 games in 2015. He's performed his duties "without a hitch," according to his bio.

He's missed one game since walking on as a freshman. He recorded a pair of tackles in 2014 (1 each against Colorado and Nebraska). He suffered a concussion against Oregon State and missed the Arizona State game.

Smith has performed numerous tricks as a long snapper. Here's an example of his trick snaps.

Smith is not the only former Knights player who may see action this week.

At Dartmouth, junior quarterback Jack Heneghan is in the hunt to play a significant role this year when the Big Green opens its season against New Hampshire.

Jack Katzman may get a chance to kick and/or punt for Dartmouth, coached by former Stanford coach Buddy Teevens. The Big Green finished 9-1 overall last year.

Palo Alto grad Jack Anderson will also be looking to take the field for Dartmouth as an offensive lineman.

Sacred Heart Prep grad Ben Burr-Kirven looks to help Washington stay unbeaten when Portland State visits at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Burr-Kirven, named the Huskies Outstanding Special Teams Player last year, has seven tackles through two games this fall.

At Princeton, Menlo-Atherton grad Evan Perkins is making the switch to defensive back from wide receiver for the Tigers, who open with Lafayette on Saturday. An injury kept him off the field most of last season.

Sacred Heart Prep grad Matt Odell saw action in seven of nine games last year and looks to improve his production this season as a running back for Lewis and Clark.

He carried the ball twice for no gain in a loss to Claremont last week. The Pioneers host Pomona-Pitzer at noon Saturday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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