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Pioneer standout heading to Tennessee Tech
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Being a long snapper rarely comes with awards or praise, but leave it to Nick Sangi to turn it into a potential college scholarship.
Sangi signed his letter of intent to attend Tennessee Tech next season where he will compete for the long-snapper job as well as a college scholarship.
Sangi will be a preferred walk-on next season, a term which includes players who pay their own way to college with the potential to earn a scholarship down the line.
With Tennessee Tech only having one long snapper on its team, a senior, the Golden Eagles are in search of a replacement for the 2013 season.
Sangi will go into fall practice next season in competition with one other player for the long-snapper job. If he wins, Sangi should receive the coveted football scholarship he has dreamed about since putting on pads while growing up in California.
Though Sangi took the first step to being a college football player Wednesday when he signed at his mother’s doctor’s office, Sangi understands the journey has just begun.
“I have to go there and work hard from day one,” said Sangi. “Nothing will be given to me. I have to earn everything.”
Sangi had an interesting career as a Pioneer the past three seasons. Sangi arrived in Warren County prior to his sophomore year after growing up in California.
Standing at 6-foot-4 and weighing nearly 250 pounds, Sangi was lined up at offensive line immediately. Before the season started, Sangi got the attention of the coaching staff by doing long snaps before and after practice.
Though Sangi moved in and out of the starting lineup his sophomore and junior season on the offensive line, the one constant was Sangi being on the field when the Pioneers had to punt or tried field goals.
By his senior year, Sangi had trimmed down to 215 pounds and started to ask to be moved to tight end. After seven weeks of pleading, Sangi got his wish. Sangi was a primary target in the final three games, catching seven passes for 55 yards and scoring his first career touchdown against White County on senior night.
During his three-year career at Warren County, Sangi played offensive line, defensive line, linebacker and tight end. Despite playing all around the field as a Pioneer, Sangi insists his only collegiate position will be long snapper.
“The coaching staff only wants me to focus on one position and there’s always a concern of injury at other positions,” said Sangi. “Hand injuries, specifically broken fingers, can be very problematic for a long snapper.”
Sangi plans on helping with the Pioneers this spring when the team starts practice. Sangi will help with the offensive line and special teams.
Sangi will enroll at Tennessee Tech in August.