There’s some big career news for Wallenpaupack grad and Penn State long snapper Kyle Vasey.
Vasey accepted an invitation to play in the fourth annual SPIRAL Tropical Bowl, which will be played in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Sunday at 10 a.m. He’ll play for the National team.
The Tropical Bowl bills itself as “a premier FBS Division I level College Football All Star Game” that showcases top college seniors, and more than 110 players who have competed in the game have gone on to get a look in the NFL. Three players who competed in the game last year wound up getting drafted.
Vasey had a really interesting run at Penn State, going from a walk-on who was the fourth-string long-snapper to the starter after Tyler Yazujian graduated following the 2016 season. He earned a scholarship before the 2018 season, and this past season, he went on to win the program’s prestigious John Bruno Memorial Award, given annually to an outstanding member of the special teams.
He’s also one of the more fun, quirky members of the program. An avid outdoorsman, he also has made some trick-snap videos, of sorts, dating back to his days with the Buckhorns. He said in this story from 2017 that he once snapped a board in half with a snap, and he has gotten pretty adept at knocking over water bottles and other smaller objects with snaps from a pretty good distance.
Just a few days ago, he obliterated some Chapstick.
Couldn’t find something with the right height for target practice today so I just set up some chapstick ontop of my beats. When you know where the ball is gonna go, what do you have to worry about? (Beats only fell cause of the ball coming off the wall, they were untouched) ? pic.twitter.com/OiQKw6vz3i
— Kyle Vasey (@kfv1996) January 4, 2019
He’s a really great story, a true underdog type of player who had to earn his way through the ranks at two different high schools, found a niche and then climbed the depth chart at Penn State.
“I honestly didn’t think I’d ever even start in high school football,” he once said. “It is a surprise to me not just being at Penn State, but that I made it through varsity in high school playing a couple of years.”
Now, he gets a chance to impress a team at the highest level of the game that may be looking to add a long snapper.