Name: Riley Dixon
Hometown: Blossvale, NY
High School: Christian Brothers Academy
2013 Stats: Dixon ranked seventh in the ACC with an average of 42.1 yards per punt and finished third in SU single-season history in both punting yards (3,161) and total punts (75). He did very well.
2014 Projections: The sky's the limit for Riley. Literally. He kicks footballs up there. The former walk-on is the undisputed team punter and an academic all-star. He's your hero.
How'd He Get Here: Local boy made good. A graduate of nearby CBA, he walked-on with the Orange and eventually earned a scholarship last season.
What'd Recruiting Sites Say: Nothing. Shows what they know.
Money Quote: "It was a great feeling. It was amazing. It's something I've been working for for a long time." - Dixon on getting his schollie.
Links Of Wonder: Dixon didn't win the Heisman but he was named to the All-ACC Academic Team last year.
Tweets Of Wonder:
Very proud to announce that our new Syracuse Uplifting Athletes Vice President is @RileyTDixon92— SU UpliftingAthletes (@SyracuseUA) January 22, 2014
What Does Shafer Think Of Him: "We are extremely pleased to put Riley Dixon on scholarship," Shafer said in a statement. "He has earned it."
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: Dixon almost had a shot at kicking field goals for us last season as well when Ryan Norton was suspended. He and Ross Krautman split time in practice taking kicks.
Let's Get A Good Look Atcha: Here's Riley talking about earning his scholarship...