It takes a certain amount of confidence to look backwards before you face a defensive lineman intent on grinding you into the ground.
Not only backwards, but backwards and upside down.
Kipp Cuevas has that confidence.
Cuevas is staking a claim to being one of the best long snappers around by focusing on a decidedly less-than-glamorous position for the Stone High football team.
"A good long snapper is incredibly important to a team," said Tomcats Head Coach Adam Stone. "It takes the pressure off when you have a player you can count on for snapping the ball on punts, extra points and field goals."
Cuevas has been attending camps around the southeast and has caught the eye of several coaches.
Team Jackson Kicking, an organization dedicated to developing kickers, punters and long snappers had praise for Cuevas' skills remarking on how he gets down field in coverage efficiently after snapping.
The junior was recently given four stars and placed second in the Team Jackson Kicking rankings for members of the Class of 2015.
"He's worked very hard at what he does and success has come from that," Stone said. "Long snapper is definitely a position he could play at the next level."
Stone said the added advantage of a good long snapper was priceless.
Instead of having to punt from 10 yards behind the line, we can now back up 15 yards and that gives our punter that much more time to get the punt off."
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Head Coach Steve Campbell has liked what he's seen so far.
"He's a young man who's worked hard to make himself better and excelled at the position," he said. "He definitely has a future at the next level."