Meadows waiting for a ring
Former Williamstown football standout and ex-West Virginia University long snapper Nick Meadows is in a pretty good place at the moment.
The 5-11, 225-pounder not only played 26 games for the Mountaineers, but he also was a two-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree.
Currently, he’s working toward his masters degree in athletic coaching after earning a sports and exercise psychology degree.
Of course, he’s also working out and staying in shape, along with trying to perfect his craft as a long snapper, as he awaits a hopeful call from an NFL team to come to camp.
Earlier this year, WVU had its annual pro day and Meadows turned a few heads. Not only did he get an invite to show off his skills for the Washington Redskins, but he also was recently invited to the Indianapolis Colts’ four-day rookie minicamp.
“The (NFL) draft came along and about 20 minutes after it was over, my phone started ringing and I thought it would be the Redskins, but it was the Colts,” Meadows said. “They didn’t have a spot to sign me, but wanted me to go to their rookie minicamp and see what I had.
“It’s kind of hard to tell what their intentions are, but it was an amazing experience for sure. It’s a sneaky situation for long snappers because each team can only have one. The goal is to be brought back in for preseason training camp.”
The hopeful future strength and conditioning coach, who has been an intern for the strength staff in Morgantown the past two years, doesn’t have an agent.
“I’m doing this on my own,” Meadows added. “One of the scouts came up to me afterward (at the camp) and he was like you are one of those guys that don’t have an agent and he’s like just stay ready.
“It’s hard for agents to buy into long snappers. Every team has one. I have a few friends who were long snappers and it (having an agent) didn’t work out.”
Like any player who works his way into playing time at a Division I program, Meadows knows he’s been blessed to get as far as he has. However, playing at the next level is always the ultimate goal
“My biggest dream was playing for WVU,” he added. “It was bigger than me to be able to have this opportunity to even play past that and it’s just hard to fathom, really, coming out of Williamstown.
“I learned so much in Indianapolis. Snapping in college is way different than snapping in the pros (because of the blocking assignments).”
While only time will tell what the future holds for Meadows, who said he should have his masters completed next spring, there’s little question he’ll be successful in whatever path he goes down.
When I asked him if he had a favorite memory of being a Mountaineer, he was quick to note “the one thing that is the best memory of all-time, and it happened a lot, was singing ‘Country Roads’ after a Mountaineer victory.”
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