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With Sterling Hofrichter’s commitment yesterday the Orange will vastly improve its kicking game. According to Kohlskicking.com, Hofrichter is the sixth-best kicker in the 2015 class, and the 13th-rated punter.
Last season Syracuse missed four extra points and six field goals. The Orange started last year expecting Ross Krautman to kick but he went down with a hip injury and missed the majority of the season. Ryan Norton then emerged as the Orange’s kicker and was having a fairly solid season until he got suspended for underage drinking and had to miss SU’s game against Wake Forest. Norton was suspended again a few months ago for violating team rules and missed the spring game. Senior Alex Hodgkinson took over the kicking duties in Norton’s absence.
Hofrichter’s commitment means there will no longer be a kicker carousel in the Carrier Dome. Hofrichter should be the starter from day one.
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