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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Nick Wirsching, LS, Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Long snapper Nick Wirsching is impressive.

Long snapper Nick Wirsching is impressive.

NFL Draft Diamonds and our staff have been bringing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 2 years and this year we mixed up the questions and added some fun questions for our readers. We have tons of NFL staff that read our interviews, and we actually received several of the questions from NFL scouts we speak too. This gives them a little bit more information regarding your character. We hope to bring you more than 300 interviews of NFL Draft Prospects this season. You will be able to track them all on the front page of our website in the banner.

What is your name? 

Nick Wirsching

What is your Height/Weight? 

6’1″, 241 lbs.

What is your position? 

Longsnapper

Where do you play college football? 

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field? 

I am long snapping coach for Kohl’s Kicking Camps.  I love seeing the younger athletes who are pushing themselves to be the best they can be, since I was in their shoes just a few years ago.   My team also does a lot of work with an organization called “Be The Match”.  They are a bone marrow registry that helps children with cancer.  3 or 4 of my teammates have donated their bone marrow to help kids in need, so it’s great knowing we can make a difference.

What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?

Accounting was pretty tough.

Where are you from? 

I’m from Waterford, WI   #WolverinePride

Who is your role model, and why? 

My parents are my biggest role models.  My mom has a strong athletic background.  My dad also played football and was in the Marine Corps.  They’ve always done a great job instilling a strong work ethic in my siblings and I, and telling us that we should give 110%, whether it be in athletics, school, or just life in general.  Another thing that makes them special is that they have never shied away from training with me or my siblings.  They love getting in the weight room, flipping tires, running at the track, or catching snaps for me.  It’s definitely created a special bond that most families don’t have.

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

I played soccer, basketball, and baseball when I was younger.  I then started doing power lifting and competed for 3 years during high school

Did you play any other positions in football? 

I was a center from fourth grade until my senior year in high school.  I was also a kicker.  Yes, a kicker.  I did kickoffs and FG’s, I even kicked a last-second game winner! 

At your position, what separates you from others? 

What sets me apart from other snappers is that I have learned how to be a great self coach.  I’ve implemented the things I’ve learned from my various snapping coaches as well as other snappers, which has helped me in becoming the snapper I am today.

When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

I watch for any bad habits I may be getting in my snapping mechanics.  I then focus on fixing those inconsistencies during my next practice or training session.  I also watch the punt return team of my opponent to look for the best coverage lane or how I will need to block a rusher.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

I didn’t have to block or tackle him, but I played against Zach Zenner of South Dakota St. during my junior season.  He is a BEAST and is now on the Detroit Lions.

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why? 

I’d probably have to say Matt Overton of the Indianapolis Colts since we are about the same size and both come from small schools.  

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it? 

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

I do not have much of a pre-game ritual.  I always do my normal warm up and stretching, but that’s pretty much it.

As a small school football player what obstacles do you feel you have to overcome?

The main obstacle is the lack of exposure in D3 sports.  Luckily I’ve been able to train with some of the best coaches in the country at Kohl’s Kicking Camps and Coach Zauner’s Snapping Camps.  

What is your biggest strength? 

I love high pressure situations, and usually perform the best in those times.    

What is your biggest weakness? 

I can sometimes put too much pressure on myself; thinking I need to change things in my technique or do more when I really don’t need to.  I consider it both a strength and a weakness.  

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say? 

I’m from a D3 school and have never been handed anything.  I’ve worked for everything, and will continue to work to be better everyday.  You will NOT see a bad snap out of me.

Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up? 

Brett Favre

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose? 

I would like to have dinner with my great-grandfather and great-grandmother, and my parents. 

What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?

My first big purchase will be something for my parents. I’m not sure what it’ll be yet, maybe a vacation or something like that. 

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