MISSOULA — Montana sophomore long snapper Matthew O'Donoghue does more than just snap the ball.
O'Donoghue has two career tackles and has also chipped in on some big special teams plays this season.
Against Western Illinois, Montana pulled off a fake PAT in which O'Donoghue caught the two-point conversion pass from senior holder/safety Reid Miller.
And against Cal Poly, O'Donoghue recovered a fumble that put Montana in good scoring position. Two plays later, Montana quarterback Dalton Sneed hit wideout Gabe Sulser for a 6-yard touchdown.
Meet Montana's starting long snapper:
Q: How did you become a long snapper?
"I was in eighth grade. I wasn't really that fast or that big. My dad knew I wanted to play college football, so he said, 'Just try long snapping.' Then it turned out I was actually OK at it. Here I am at Montana. That's it, basically."
Q: Is long snapper the only position you've played?
"No. I played O-Line in high school. But long snapper is all I do here."
Q: How did you get to Montana?
"I emailed the old coaching staff and they called me up March of my senior year. They said they needed a snapper. I took the offer in a heartbeat. I just wanted to play."
Q: What's your favorite thing about being a long snapper?
"Oh man, I don't know. It's pretty low-key. No one really notices you and I kinda like that."
Q: What happened on that fake PAT against Western Illinois?
"They just called the play and I happened to be wide open, so we just ran it. No one was around me. Reid (Miller) made a good pass."
Q: When was the last time you caught a pass?
"Never. Honestly, never."
Q: You had a fumble recovery against Cal Poly. What did you see on that play?
"I was just in the right spot at the right time, I guess. I just got down there and he just happened to make not a smart play, trying to go for the ball and he just dropped it. I was at the right place at the right time."
Q: Who is your favorite professional athlete?
"Kobe Bryant out of all sports. He's my favorite athlete. He's just a dog and he wins."
Q: Do you have any hidden talents?
"I'm a pretty good Fortnite player, if that counts."
Q: What are three things you'd bring with you on a deserted island?
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"My XBox. TV. And my golf clubs, I guess, keep myself busy."
Q: Any reason in particular why you wear No. 49 or is that the number they gave you?
"It was just the number they gave me. I'll wear any number. I don't really care."
Q: Hobbies outside of football?
"In the offseason I like to work just to keep myself busy. I like to float the river too. Or watch TV."
Q: What's next up on your Netflix/Hulu queue?
"'Chicago PD' is pretty good. That and 'Law and Order'. And 'Family Guy,' of course. My favorite show."
Q: When did you start playing football?
"When I was 7 years old."
Q: Always a lineman?
Q: Where is your favorite spot in Missoula?
"Ooh. I have to say when I'm not at football, probably the driving range easily. That's where I go most in the offseason."
Q: What's your golf handicap?
"Not that good. I don't even know. I just like playing. I'm not that good at golf."
Q: What's up with the post-practice race?
"Coach Hauck always says, 'Hustle off.' I don't know how it started. Me, Gabe (Peppenger) and all the other specialists we all just started sprinting off and whoever gets through the gate first wins. It's a race every day. Gabe got me today because I had to come here."
"It's all good. Just always hustling on and off the field."
Q: What do you like the most about being here at Montana?
"Other than football, the town's pretty cool. I come from an area with a lot of people, so it's a lot more peaceful here."
Q: What's your major and how'd you choose it?
"Communications. I just need a degree because I want to be a police officer after college. I figured I'd go into communications."