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USM Long Snapper's Trick Shot Receives National Attention

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One Southern Miss specialist makes national headlines for the video that has become an overnight Internet sensation.

"Especially me as a long snapper - absolutely anybody probably had no idea who I was until this video," says Southern Miss long snapper Lance Schuffert.

The video Schuffert refers to begins with these famous last words:

"Specialists are people too," says Schuffert.

"That's just a little tag line that we've been saying," says Southern Miss place kicker Corey Acosta.

"It's just a little friendly reminder that, 'hey - we are on the team and we do help out'," says Schuffert.

Schuffert sends that reminder in a big way with this trick shot video that has already accumulated more than 6,000 hits on YouTube since Monday.

Schuffert successfully snaps a football from section JJ of M.M. Roberts Stadium into a trash can at the corner of the end zone - not bad for a trick shot performed in about 10 minutes.

"About on the third try it came really close, and that's when I realized I might be able to really do this," says Schuffert. "So we got about five more balls up there, so I guess on eighth or tenth try - somewhere in there - I sent one and it came right down into the trash can."

As the video continues to increase in popularity, Schuffert finds himself receiving much more attention than usual.

"Whenever it originally blew up a little bit I was like, 'hey this is kind of cool everybody in Hattiesburg is seeing it'," says Schuffert.

It did not stop there.

"I got some links that said it was on USA Today and Yahoo! Sports, and some people from my home town were calling me," says Schuffert. "I was like, 'wow - this is actually kind of cool'. I didn't ever think that could happen."

As for the validity of the video, take it from the specialists themselves.

"I videoed it myself - it's not fake," says Acosta.

"Come watch yourself," says Schuffert. "Come on anytime you want to come - I'll do it for you."

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