Video: Penn State Long Snapper Kyle Vasey Earns Scholarship for 2018 Season

By Dan Smith on June 12, 2018 at 4:00 pm
Michigan Wolverines defensive linesmen Maurice Hurst (73) and Aubrey Solomon (5) attempt to block a field goal attempted by Penn State Nittany Lions kicker Tyler Davis (95) during the fourth quarter at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Michigan 42-13. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

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Penn State redshirt senior Kyle Vasey has been the team's long snapper since Tyler Yazujian finished out his eligibility with the 2016 season. The walk-on is set to start at long snapper for his second straight season this fall.

One caveat: he will be a walk-on no longer after head coach James Franklin made an announcement during Tuesday's practice.

Franklin has made these sorts of announcements before, but he refused to go through the same script. This time, he quizzed the non-scholarship players on their current work situations, with Vasey revealing that he works the 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. shift as a bar back and bouncer at Bar Bleu four to five nights a week.

"So, how many hours a week you doing?" Franklin asked.

"Twenty-five to thirty," Vasey clarified.

"Quit, you're on full scholarship," Franklin replied.

The team had been right up against the scholarship limit of 85 players for 2018, but the recent departures of Robbie Martin and Corey Bolds appear to have given the program enough room to feel comfortable taking care of one of their starting special teamers.