Green Beret takes over deep snapping for Longhorns

Green Beret takes over deep snapping for Longhorns

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University of Texas deep snapper Nate Boyer has gone from being a Green Beret, to a walk on, to a starter on special teams for the Longhorns.

Boyer, who didn't play high school football, just began snapping last year.

"It's like a movie," said Head Coach Mack Brown of his Boyer's story.

After 9-11 Boyer joined the army and served in the Green Berets.

"For me it's easy to just put things in perspective," Boyer said. "Because over there those people they have nothing and so many are happy with the nothing they have, happier than we are. So that's inspiring."

"He was a top dog, a Green Beret," said UT junior offensive lineman Mason Walters. "Really after that wanted to advance his life. Came back to college and said he wanted to be a part of something. And he's worked really hard to be a part of something."

"He's got a bronze star," Brown said. "He still protects our country. He's still in the military reserves and at the same time he's a 31-year-old sophomore that snapped the other night."

Boyer said he has been working really hard over the last year. Deep snapping is something he had never done before but learned by watching others. Now he is the starter for the team. It allowed him to find out what it is like to do it on game days in front of large crowds.

"I was probably more nervous on that first snap Saturday night than I ever was in Iraq," Boyer said.

"He was a little low with his first snap," Brown explained. "He was a little nervous. I was like no don't go there. What you've been through you don't need to be nervous on a football field in front of 101,000."

"I'm 31, just started snapping last year," Boyer said. "I never played football before. If I was a coach I don't know if I'd put that guy in either. But they're obviously taking a chance on me like I've taken a lot of chances in my life."

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