Overbaugh might be college football’s most efficient player

August 26, 2015

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Jeff Overbaugh

There is nothing flashy about San Diego State long snapper Jeff Overbaugh of Anchorage – unless perfection is your thing.

He is flawless on 354 career snap attempts on special teams.

He also has the perfect attitude in terms of taking nothing for granted and prepares for every play the same.

“I’m just proud to be a part of a team,” he told me. “Just like every other guy on our team I have a job to do and I try my best to execute my assignments to put my team in a better position to win football games.”

Overbaugh, of Service High fame, has converted all 135 snaps on PATs, 54 on field goals and 165 on punts in 39 games.

He is a senior this year and was named a preseason All-American by Phil Steele’s College Football Magazine. He was also named the top college football player from Alaska by College Football News.

The Psychology major is a Dean’s List student in the classroom. It’s a lot of hard work but the sacrifices are worth it.

“I was going to go to college anyway and now I get to play football while earning a degree,” he said. “As a student-athlete we are afforded many resources to help us improve on and off the field.

“The academic and athletic staff members put us in a terrific place to succeed. Beyond that I focus on time management and just embracing the repetitive nature of every week during the fall.”

San Diego State opens the season Sept. 5 at home against arch rival San Diego.

Look for the 6-foot-2, 240-pounder on the field during special teams. He wears jersey No. 60. He’ll be the one making a tough, thankless job look easy.

“I have found that executing your assignments and playing well is a good way to earn respect,” Overbaugh said.