Syracuse University kicker forced to retire because of injury

Published 08/02 2014 07:31PM

Updated 08/03 2014 12:13AM

Orange Kicker Ross Krautman
Orange Kicker Ross Krautman/SU Athletics
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- Ross Krautman has been forced to call it a career.

One of Syracuse University's most prolific placekickers, Krautman was ushered into early retirement due to chronic hip problems. He appeared in just two games during the 2013 season, before undergoing season-ending surgery because of lingering pain in his hip.

A three-year starter, Krautman ranks second all-time in school history in field goal percentage (78.8%; 40-of-63), tied for third in field goals made (49), fourth in PATs made (110), and fifth in scoring (257). In 2010, he tied the Orange single season record with 18 field goals made. In 2012, he connected on 43 extra points, which ties for fourth on the single season list.

Orange head coach Scott Shafer had hoped Krautman could return for a fifth season, but said once Krautman attempted to kick with full strength, he still felt pain and discomfort in his leg.

Krautman's departure opens a big hole in the kicking game. Ryan Norton took over field goals last season, but struggled with accuracy and consistency. As a sophomore, he connected on just 10-of-15 attempts, and 27-of-29 PATs. The Orange memorably had an extra point blocked against Pittsburgh -- a game they lost by a single point, 17-16.

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