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Syracuse Orange 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Syracuse Orange.

Kicker: Ross Krautman, senior (Franklin Lakes, NJ / Ramapo HS)

Ranks second on SU’s career field goal percentage record list (.787 pct., 48-61), fourth on SU’s career field goals made list (48), fourth in career points (250) and fourth in career PATs (106) … One of 15 true freshmen to play in 2010

Spring Game: hit field goals of 40 & 32 yards, made three extra points

“I think Ross is definitely the established placekicker for us. We always want to invite that competition, but really I think Ross is the guy. I’m putting it down. He’s done some good things over the years and we’re looking for some continued success.” – head coach Scott Shafer

Kicker: Ryan Norton, sophomore (Garden City, N.Y. / Garden City HS)

2012: Played in all 13 games, handling kickoff duties … Averaged 61.2 yards per kickoff

Kicker/punter: Riley Dixon, sophomore (Blossvale, NY / Christian Brothers Academy)

2012:  Played in two games … Against USC, punted twice for 61 yards (30.5 avg) … Against Stony Brook, punted once for 48 yards

Punter: Jonathan Fisher, junior (Oakfield, NY / Oakfield-Alabama Central) 

2012: Jonathan Fisher handled the majority of the punting duties for the second straight season. He averaged 38.4 yards-per-kick and placed 18 inside the 20-yard line. 

Last September: “I’ve been doing it (punting) for eight years,” Fisher said earlier this week. “I know what I have to do. It’s really a matter of time you put into it, and your technique every day.”

Long snapper: Sam Rodgers, junior (State College, PA / Mercersburg Academy)

Returning starter from the past two seasons.

“I’ve actually had a pretty exciting offseason. In May a teammate and I started a chapter of Uplifting Athletes at Syracuse with our football team. Uplifting Athletes is a non profit organization that partners college football teams with rare disease research. So this summer we held our first “Lift for Life” event which was a weight lifting competition organized with the Defense & Specialists competing against the Offense. There was also a fundraising aspect to the competition and we raised $8,849 for Brain Cancer. We chose brain cancer as our rare disease in honor of our former teammate (punter) Rob Long, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the end of his senior season in 2010. This spring he celebrated his 2 year anniversary of being cancer free! We will continue holding events and raising awareness through the season and in the years to come.

Also in May, I went on a mission trip to Haiti for a week where I worked at an orphanage. My whole family made the trip and it was an awesome week to give the people of Haiti hope and show them God’s love. Haiti is currently the poorest country in the western hemisphere.

Football wise, I was in Syracuse from the middle of May all the way until camp started just a few days ago. As a team we were lifting and conditioning all summer, preparing for the upcoming season. As a specialist unit we are excited about this upcoming year and feel good about the guys we have returning. This summer I was trying to build my frame and put on weight which I accomplished and am now weighing 235. I’m continuing to work on consistency with my snaps and just very excited for my junior season.”

Long snapper: Eric Morris, senior (Simi Valley, CA / Royal HS)

Made the team as a walk-on prior to the 2011 season after transferring from SUNY Morrisville.

Long snapper: Keith Mitsuuchi, sophomore (Torrance, CA / South Torrance HS)

Enrolled at Syracuse in January 2013 and participated in Spring football

High School: Recorded 58 catches for 800 yards and six touchdowns, in addition to nine tackles, in his career as a tight end

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