74 A PRIMER OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL
free to protect himself and the ball. This
is not now so necessary as under former
rule as to interference with the snap. Do
not keep the right arm on the knee in a
lazy position, as most players do. The
arm is of use in starting. Then the neck
should be kept bent so as to see the man
in front of him. He cannot block him
unless he sees him, nor can he tell whether
the guards are pulling the centre open too
wide or not. The position is much like
that of a sprinter on his mark, as will be
shown in Fig. 18.
The Different Methods of Snapping.—
First, the Flat or Side Snap, or snap on
the longer axis of the ball. Place the ball
upon the ground about two inches from
the forward foot. Turn the lacing in.
Have the seams of the ball parallel with
the gridiron lines. Take a firm grip of
the ball. It all belongs to the snapper.
Let the fingers be well over the front of
it. The ball is sent back to the quarter