November 7, 2019
Although Kluver was a four-year starter for the Hawkeyes, he didn’t become a household name until the latter half of his senior season.
In Iowa’s 55-24 win over then-No. 6 Ohio State in 2017, Kluver made Hawkeye long-snapping history.
With a 31-17 lead in the third quarter, Iowa faced a fourth-and-4 from the Buckeyes’ 21-yard line. Lined up in a trick-play formation, Kluver snapped the ball to punter Colten Rastetter before breaking out into a seam route down the middle of the field.
Wide open, Kluver hauled in the pass to set the Hawkeyes up with first-and-goal on the 2. From there, quarterback Nate Stanley — with future Cincinnati Bengal Sam Hubbard wrapped around his ankle — found tight end T.J. Hockenson in the back of the end zone to put the Hawkeyes up 38-17 and effectively put the game out of reach.
In a key moment, a long snapper stepped up in a noticeable way, putting the cherry on top of a wild night.
“Even though long snappers know that they have a huge impact, you feel, and that impact is felt much less than any other position on the team,” Kluver said. “There’s just not a lot of sway that you have in the game as far as winning the ballgame. To have that feeling of, ‘Wow, I really did something,’ that was cool.”
After finishing the season and graduating, Kluver parlayed that play into social-media fame and launched the “Washed Up Walkons” podcast with former teammates Drake Kulick and Kevin Ward.
Kluver is changing the stereotype that long snappers aren’t popular figures, as evidenced by his more than 6,000 Twitter followers.
Now, with Subbert entering the final stretch of his career, he could be looking at a similar future.
“You know, I would hope so,” Subbert said about getting the opportunity to catch a pass. “My fingers are crossed, but I’m not sure if that’s going to happen for me or not.”