During the summer doldrums of sports news, many college football fans are starved for news and information regarding their favorite teams.
With that in mind, we at B5Q have decided to take a more detailed look at each walk-on contributor and scholarship player on the Wisconsin Badgers football roster for 2020 in a running feature, our 2020 returnee profiles.
Each weekday we will breakdown one player on the football roster to look back at their recruiting process, their career as a Badger to this juncture and lastly preview their potential contribution to the team in 2020 and beyond.
Today we turn our attention to the long snapper, Adam Bay.
Name: Adam Bay
Position: long snapper
2020 eligibility: senior
Recruiting info out of HS: 247 Composite 2-star, No. 4 long snapper; Kohl’s Kicking Camp 5-star, No. 1 long snapper, Mesa, Ariz.
2017 Recruitment: Bay had a pretty wild recruitment for a long snapper. He originally committed to the Missouri Tigers on August 26th, 2016 but after taking an official visit to Madison on October 29th, 2016 he had a change of heart. He decommitted from Mizzou the next day and announced his commitment to the Badgers right after.
Career statistics: 41 games played, two tackles
2019 statistics: 14 games played
Player overview: If you know the name of your team’s long snapper it is either because you are a maniac or something has gone horribly wrong on a field goal attempt. Long snappers thrive on anonymity and Adam Bay is as anonymous as they get. The 2017 Under Armour All-American is a master of his craft and has been the Wisconsin long snapper since he set foot on campus.
He handles both field goals and punts with aplomb and as far as I can remember he didn’t have a bad snap last season. Just look at this beauty of a snap below! It’s perfect! Look at the block! Outstanding!
When interviewed before coming to Madison by Jake Kocorowski, Bay mentioned what he needed to work on: “For me, I need to work on my blocking for when I get to Wisconsin, making sure I can take on everybody that I can,” Bay said.” It appears that he has worked on it enough.
Best case scenario for 2020: Play like he did in 2019. And 2018. And 2017.
Likely role on team in 2020: He will be the starting long snapper and should be in contention to win the Patrick Mannelly Award for best senior long snapper.