Oh those wild and crazy college football kickers.
According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, Syracuse kicker Ryan Norton was arrested very early last Friday morning following an on-campus meet-and-greet with the men in blue. Specifically, the paper reported, Norton was charged with resisting arrest and underage possession of alcohol.
Documents obtained by the paper indicate that police officers approached Norton, who had an open 24-ounce can of Bud Light on his person. He promptly informed the approaching officers that he was “not going anywhere.” Very shortly after that, Norton did indeed go somewhere, fleeing from police after they informed him he was being placed under arrest.
A pursuit ensued and, well…
Court documents say that Norton pushed officers while running in an attempt to avoid arrest, refused to go to the ground after numerous commands and, once tackled by officers, refused to roll onto his stomach or put his hands behind his back.
He said, “Stop, I’m sorry,” according to the document, but continued to refuse commands from police.
The arrest time was recorded as 2:05 a.m. ET, so that tells you about all you need to know as to the cause of this incident. Well, that and the 24-ounce can of Bud Light.
As a result of the charges, head coach Scott Shafer said Norton has been suspended for one game by the football program. Norton has been the Orange’s starting kicker since Ross Krautman suffered a season-ending injury in early September.
With both Norton and Krautman unavailable, punter Riley Dixon will handle the placekicking duties during Saturday’s game against Wake Forest.