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Alabama LS Thomas Fletcher wins Patrick Mannelly Award

Thomas Fletcher warms up ahead of the Tennessee game
Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama long snapper Thomas Fletcher has won the 2020 Patrick Mannelly Award which goes to the nation’s top long snapper.

Thomas Fletcher

Long Snapper

  • Perfect on all snapping duties to date across his four seasons
  • Has started every game of his Alabama career
  • Picked up first team All-America honors from Rubio Long Snapping

Patrick Mannelly, widely known as the best Long Snapper in the modern NFL era, was a four-year starter at long snapper and two year starter at offensive line at Duke University before being drafted by the Chicago Bears in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft. Mannelly is the Bears career leader in games played at 245, the longest tenured Chicago Bear after playing 16 seasons, and a recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award.

The Patrick Mannelly Long Snapper Award is determined by a committee comprised of former NFL Long Snappers, punters and kickers, special team coaches, as well as snapping instructors, NFL player agents and sportswriters.

 The Award is presented to the overall best Long Snapper at the Division I FBS level. The winner must be of senior standing, have started 75 percent of games in his senior year, snap on punts and placements, and demonstrate a strong mentality, notable athleticism, as well as speed, accuracy and consistency in their snaps.

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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77

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