Overbaugh accepts invitation to play in Senior Bowl

January 4, 2016

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Jeff Overbaugh

San Diego State long snapper Jeff Overbaugh of Anchorage did his job to perfection.

He didn’t miss a game in his college football career and he didn’t miss the mark on 510 career snaps.

His excellent effort didn’t go unnoticed, either.

The 6-foot-2, 240-pound senior was named a Second Team All-American by Chris Sailer Kicking & Rubio Long Snapping.

And he was invited to the Senior Bowl, Jan. 30 in Mobile, Alabama.

“Getting the Senior Bowl invite was pretty surreal,” he told me. “It has been a goal of mine since my senior year at Service. It’s incredibly humbling to be recognized by Phil Savage and the Senior Bowl selection committee.”

Overbaugh never had a bad snap in college. He put every one of them on the money – 77 field goals, 191 PATs and 242 punts.

His special play on special teams helped San Diego State win 35 of his 53 career games, capped by this year’s 11-3 record that ended with San Diego State crushing Cincinnati 42-7 in the Hawaii Bowl.

“It felt great to finish my last game as an Aztec with a Mountain West Conference championship win followed by a bowl win,” Overbaugh said. “Looking to get ranked in the top 25. Finishing the season being undefeated in conference play and winning two conference championships in my time at SDSU is a tremendous feeling.

“In the fourth quarter it was tempting to start celebrating the awesome season, but I tried to stay focused on beating Cincinnati and performing well for the team.”

Overbaugh is always focused on the task at hand, which explains why he’s the perfect long snapper.

At the same time, he understands that you’re only as good as your last snap. He is eager to learn from NFL coaches that work with players at the Senior Bowl and has inspirations to play professionally.

“I am going to pursue playing in the NFL,” he said. “Hoping to use the coming months to prepare to take my best shot at making a 53-man roster.”

The 22-year-old hopes to get invited to the NFL Scouting Combine at the end of February.

“It would be an honor to perform at the Combine,” Overbaugh said.