The 90 Illini #33: Ethan Tabel

Jul 27, 2021

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Tuh-BELL. Ethan Tabel has been the starting longsnapper for five years now and I still hear people saying "table." Not Ethan Table, Ethan tuhBELL.

Hmmm... since Tabel has been the longsnapper for five seasons and Blake Hayes has been the punter for five seasons, I guess they'll set an NCAA record this year for snaps from longsnapper to punter. No player has ever been able to play five seasons before the Covid waiver - five, sometimes even six years of eligibility but you could only play four years on the field - and now these two will enter their fifth season snapping and punting together.

Also, since Hayes has been the holder for four years and this will be his fifth, Tabel has been snapping punts and placekicks into Blake Hayes' hands since 2017. I don't know why I care about that, but I care about that.

33. Ethan Tabel

Uniform number: 56
Year in school: Senior (1 year to play 1)
Height: 6'-0" -- Weight: 210 lbs.
Hometown: Barrington, Illinois
High School: Barrington High School
Five best offers: n/a - walkon
Tom Cruise rating: n/a - walkon

2020 statistics: Played in all 8 games,


I think you probably know all of my Tabel fun facts by now. I don't think I can write a Tabel post without mentioning His art, so here's the Joe Kelly drawing again:

What else... well, His hair is long now (see above). He was put on scholarship in 2019. He's on Mel Kiper's list of top longsnappers for the 2022 draft.

And His Twitter feed is full of deep thoughts like this:

2021 Outlook

Always the hardest "Outlook" section to write every year. What do you say? "Snap the ball a bunch of times." No disrespect, just... not sure what you say. "Hope we never hear His name because of a bad snap" is the best I can do.

If He does have a bad snap? Guarantee He does this:


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