|2/7/2013 10:49:00 AM|
Marquette's Sypniewski signs to snap at Michigan
Marquette senior Scott Sypniewski (seated, second from right) signed his National Letter of Intent Wednesday to play football at the University of Michigan. Also at the ceremony were (front row, left to right): his father David, mother Katie, Marquette football coach Tom Jobst; (back row, l-r) grandfather David Sypniewski, sister Katie, sister Anna, brother Michael and grandmother Noreen Kann.
NewsTribune photo/Jared Bell
NewsTribune Sports Writer
OTTAWA — The way Scott Sypniewski sees it, he was adopted into a new family on Wednesday.
Surrounded by friends and family, the Marquette senior long snapper held a ceremony Wednesday morning in which Sypniewski officially signed to play football at the University of Michigan.
In doing so, he joined a new family.
“I’ve been on such a high, and I am still floating right now,” Sypniewski said. “It’s an unbelievable feeling to know that for the next 4-5 years I am going to be joining a new family. I like to think that I have my family, but when I signed my Letter of Intent it was adopting me into a new family. It’s a great feeling.”
Sypniewski committed to Michigan over the summer and plans to earn an Entrepreneurial degree.
“My junior season was when I went to my first (Michigan) game, and that was just unbelievable,” Sypniewski said. “Just the atmosphere and the crowd…The fans were so into it. I just never got that feeling going anywhere else.”
Sypniewski also considered Duke, Indiana, Illinois and Western Michigan — the school for which his father played — but his only offer came from Michigan.
“I am very proud of Scott,” Marquette football coach Tom Jobst said. “His worth ethic, his love for the game and his leadership has just been steady for us, and he’s been a rock. I can’t think of a guy who’s more deserving of an opportunity like this, given all the work he’s done not only for a few months but for years.”
Sypniewski, who played offensive guard and defensive end at Marquette, admitted he didn’t think about long snapping in college until midway through high school.
“I didn’t believe I’d be in this position until my junior year,” he said. “Starting high school, I always wanted to do something different than long snapping. I wanted to be a (defensive end) or play guard, but I see my dad, who’s got all the wear and tear from playing center, and saw that if I worked right (at long snapping) that I could be playing forever at the next level for 15 years.”
This past season Sypniewski helped Marquette to its best season in nearly three decades as the Crusaders finished 10-1, won the Northeastern Athletic Conference and advanced to the second round of the Class 1A playoffs.
“Football-wise, it was a great four years,” Sypniewski said. “Coming in and starting on varsity my sophomore year with coach Jobst, going 0-9 but fighting through all of the adversity, my junior year going 2-7 and then my senior year to go 10-1, it was just unbelievable. There are so many memories. Hopefully, I can keep life-long relationships with these guys.”
Now that he’s officially a Wolverine, Sypniewski is ready to get started.
“It feels great, and it feels like almost another relief,” Sypniewski said. “Getting a scholarship and knowing that I was going to go there was a relief, but now that I am officially a Wolverine it’s just an unbelievable feeling.”
Jared Bell can be reached at 220-6938, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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