LaGrange’s Hyers getting a shot

By Kevin Eckleberry

May 8, 2014

No one ever really notices the long snapper on a football team unless something bad happens.

Fortunately for the LaGrange Grangers last season, Lew Hyers didn’t get noticed a whole lot.

Hyers, who was also LaGrange’s starting center, was the team’s snapper, and he did an exceptional job.

Hyers was so good at it, in fact, that he was offered a football scholarship by Point University.

Hyers readily accepted, and during a ceremony this week that was attended by family members, friends, teammates and coaches, he made it official when he signed his letter of intent with Point.

“It’s very special,” Hyers said. “I remember before this year even started, I looked at myself and said, I’m not going to go anywhere. But I just kept working, and it worked out.”

Hyers’ position coach, Davis Russell, is thrilled to see him get a chance to play college football.

“Point is getting a great football player, but more than that a great person. And he’s going to do some great things there,” Russell said.

Hyers, who was also a standout wrestler at LaGrange, began long snapping when he was in the eighth grade.

It’s a role he said he “embraced.”

“They didn’t really have anybody, and I was like, I’ll try it,” Hyers said. “I was good at it, and I stuck with it.”

Hyers visited Point and met with the coaches, and he said he felt comfortable there.

“I liked it,” Hyers said. “They have a brand-new facility. It’s top-notch. I’m excited.”

Russell said Point recognizes the importance of having a dependable long snapper.

“If you don’t have a good one, that can cost you some ballgames,” Russell said.

Whatever the future holds, Russell told Hyers that his signing day is a special moment he’ll “always remember”.

“This is an awesome moment in your life,” Russell said. “It’s something that you’ll never forget. You’ll always remember your signing day. The Lord has blessed you with this opportunity, and there’s nothing but good things in your future.”