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Syracuse Football: Riley Dixon Named Ray Guy Award Player of the Week, Heisman Next?

SU's Heisman hopeful punter earned a weekly honor en route to the big prize.

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

There will be two Heisman hopefuls in the Carrier Dome this weekend. LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette and Syracuse Orange punter extraordinaire Riley Dixon. Before the winner of that honor is decided, Dixon took home an accolade for his performance this weekend.

Dixon was named Ray Guy Award Player of the Week for his performance against the Central Michigan Chippewas in Syracuse's 30-27 overtime win on Saturday. Dixon had six punts, four of which landed inside the Chips' ten-yard line. Dixon's great kicking may have been the difference for SU, especially once Eric Dungey left the game with a UBI and the offense sputtered.

Dixon has 15 punts for 660 yards on the year so far. That's an average of 44 yards. Of course it is.

To be honest, I just assumed Riley was Ray Guy Player of the Week in perpetuity. I didn't realize we had to go through the charade of him earning the award each week. Seems silly.