From left to right, long snapping instructor Chris Rubio, Warrior Drew Howell, University of Oregon special teams coach Tom Osbourne,
kicking instructor Chris Sailer, and Warrior Jake Reimer. Photo by Terry Crosby

Raising the Bar

Posted on August 10, 2009, by The Tehachapi News Sports Staff

Warrior football players Drew Howell, Jake Reimer and Zach Crosby recently made their athletic mark on a national stage, attending the highly touted Kicking and Long Snapping Camp at the University of Oregon this summer.

The event was held in mid-June at the Autzen Stadium and Football complex at the University of Oregon. All three players received six hours of instruction and competition, giving them an opportunity to raise their value to college scout onlookers.

In the long snapping portion of the camp, Drew Howell and Zach Crosby raised their value tremendously, with Howell vaulting to the no.1 prospect in the nation and Crosby achieving a ranking of 30th for the class of 2011 in long-snapping.

“Wow is all that I can say about Drew, he has really stepped it up and he does very, very well under pressure,” said camp instructor Chris Rubio. “He is extremely athletic with great speed and consistency. He’s beyond ready for the next level, the kid is like a machine.”

Rubio also had some kind words for Zach Crosby and the potential for the upcoming Warrior junior.

“Zach has great thickness and form, and a solid personality to match,” added Rubio.

In the kicking department, Jake Reimer was apart of the “sudden death / make-or-break” elimination competition, which Reimer won against some of the best high school kickers in the nation. Reimer nailed a 47-yard field goal to win the competition, ironically making the camp winning kick with fellow teammate Drew Howell snapping.

“Jake is a solid kicker, he has good leg strength and makes his kicks well,” said kicking coach Chris Sailer. “He’s a fined young man with outstanding work ethic and a definite college level prospect.”

Overall, Reimer and Howell are set to enter the collegiate level after this season of Mountain Football.

Howell has already been contacted by prominent Division I programs such as Southern Methodist University, Fresno State University, San Diego State, and the University of Florida, the 2009 national champion. Reimer has also been looked upon heavily by Pac-10 schools in the western United States.