Unfortunately, a lingering health issue will force one of the most successful kickers in Syracuse history to hang up his cleats.
According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, head coach Scott Shafer revealed that Ross Krautman will be forced to give up the game of football due to a chronic hip issue. He missed most of the 2013 season because of the issue.
Obviously, the hips are important component for a kicker. Just as obviously, the news has been hard on both the player and the coach.
“It breaks my heart,” Shafer said according to the Post-Standard. “The kid was beside himself. But he’ll do well with that SU degree.”
Krautman currently ranks third in career field goals (49), fourth in career extra points (110) and fifth in career points (257) in SU history. He tied the school record in 2010 for field goals in a season with 18, while his 43 extra points last year ranks in a fourth-place tie on the SU list.