Name: Ross Krautman
Year: Fifth-year senior (Received a medical hardship waiver)
Hometown: Franklin Lakes, N.J.
High School: Ramapo HS
2013 Stats: In two games, Krautman was 1-2 on field goals and 4-5 on PATs. He missed almost the entire season with a chronic hip injury that required surgery.
2014 Projections: It's pretty hard to project how a player will do the following season after surgery. Two kickers who came back within a year after hip surgery were Nick Folk and Adam Vinatieri. Krautman was limited in spring practice and did not play in the spring game. Even if he is healthy, Krautman will have to beat Ryan Norton for the starting job.
How'd He Get Here: He's also from Bergen County so he probably took Route 17 like I do. (Ok, that joke is getting old around here.) When Krautman committed, his only other offer was from Miami (Ohio). But Boston College, East Carolina and Rutgers were "on the edge" of offering, he told NorthJersey.com.
What'd Recruiting Sites Say: Two stars from Rivals and Scout.
"The Carrier Dome itself is a kicker's dream to kick in that dome. I mean it is unbelievable, when you go in there, the crowd is crazy. I remember going to my brother's games when I was little. Just watching him kick in the Carrier Dome was just unbelievable. It is a dream for most kickers."
Links of Wonder: Before Krautman's homecoming to MetLife Stadium last year, he talked about his college career, returning to New Jersey, and growing up a New York Giants fan.
Twitterfeed: The only thing I could find was this inactive protected account, @Cuse37.
Tweets of Wonder: It's a protected account, okay. What do you want from me?
What Does Shafer Think of Him: (On last year's kicking competition between Krautman and Norton)
"Ross is definitely the established placekicker for us," Shafer said. "Competition, we always want to invite that competition. But I think Ross -- he's the guy."
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: His older brother, Ricky, was also a kicker at Syracuse. Ross called Syracuse his "dream school" because he took many trips to the Carrier Dome to watch his brother kick.
Let's Get a Good Look Atcha: You don't think a 5-7 kicker can chase down and tackle a speedy return man? Well, you're wrong.