Notre Dame’s newest specialist is long snapper John Shannon. Brought in to replace Scott Daly after his eligibility is complete, Shannon is another recruited specialist at a job that often times is filled by walk-ons.
That hasn’t been Brian Kelly’s way of managing the roster, though. Joining a young unit led by Justin Yoon and Tyler Newsome, Shannon will spend the season added some bulk to his frame as he gets ready to replace one of the more overlooked players on the team.
6’1.5″, 220 lbs.
Freshman, No. 54, LS
Shannon was ranked as 247’s number-one long snapper in the country. He was an Army All-American and had scholarship offers from West Virginia and Army before picking Notre Dame. Shannon is an Irish legacy, his grandfather Dan was a four-year starter in the 1950s.
We’ve learned that Brian Kelly doesn’t mind using scholarships on special teams players, or snappers. We’ve also learned that when he takes aim and offers that specialist a scholarship, it’s usually well spent.
That’ll likely be the case for Shannon, who gets a season under his belt before sliding into the lineup. Notre Dame identified him as a recruit two years before Signing Day, getting a look at him on campus in a camp environment before offering him.
Unless Scott Daly’s injured, Shannon is redshirting. Saving that year of eligibility sets the Irish up perfectly for four seasons of Shannon after Daly came through the program perfectly as well, replacing scholarship snapper Jordan Cowart. It also allows Shannon more time to recover from a torn labrum, an injury he had repaired in January after playing in the Army Bowl.
With all the pedigree you want at the position, Shannon will be at his best when he’s not heard from. That’s easier said than done for long snappers.
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