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Stephen Gabbard

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Stephen Gabbard, Jr.
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Free agent
Position:Long snapper
Personal information
Born:Tallahassee, Florida
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school:Godby
College:Florida State

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Stephen Gabbard, Jr. is a former American football long snapper. Gabbard played college football for Florida State University, where his father Steve played defensive tackle.[1] Gabbard was recruited to play for the Seminoles by Charles Kelly.[2] Gabbard played high school football at Amos P. Godby High School in Tallahassee, Florida, where he was a first team All Big Bend and FACA All District player as a tight end (2013), rated the third-best long snapper in the nation by ESPN and rated a five-star snapper by Kohl's Kicking. Initially recruited by Missouri, Wake Forest and South Carolina, he later attracted interest from Auburn, Iowa State, Florida, North Carolina, South Florida and Stanford before committing to Florida State.[3]

Gabbard was the starting long snapper at Florida State all four years of his college career for a total of 53 consecutive games, including the 2014 ACC Championship, 2015 Rose Bowl, 2015 Peach Bowl, 2016 Orange Bowl and 2017 Independence Bowl. He was named Special Teams MVP in the Kickoff Classic vs Oklahoma State (2014) and named Top Newcomer/Special Teams at Florida State (2014).

Career highlights include snapping to kicker Roberto Aguayo in seasons in which Aguayo was named First Team All-American (2015) and Consensus All-American (2014), contributing to a season in which the punt team led the ACC and ranked 12th nationally (2015), and snapping to kicker Ricky Aguayo, who set the NCAA record for field goals made in a single game (6) by a freshman versus Ole Miss (2016). Gabbard also served as part of the special teams units that set the NCAA record for longest consecutive extra points made (Florida State).[4]


  1. "Long snapper commits to Florida State". Tomahawk Nation. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  2. "Stephen Gabbard Recruit Interests". 247sports.com. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  3. "Long Snapper Stephen Gabbard Commits to Florida State | Special Teams University". www.special-teams-university.com. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  4. Sonnone, Brendan (September 24, 2016). "Florida State sets NCAA record for consecutive extra points made". Noles247. Retrieved May 30, 2018.

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