Name: Sterling Hofrichter
Year: (Redshirt) Freshman
Weight: 183 lbs.
Hometown: Valrico, Fla.
High School: Armwood
2015 Stats: With the best punter in the country on the roster, it would have been a waste of eligibility for Hofrichter to not redshirt his first year on campus. In 2014, he averaged 40.1 yards per punt as a senior in high school.
2016 Projections: Hofrichter is the only punter listed on Syracuse’s post-spring depth chart, so I’d say he has that job locked up. He is Zack Mahoney’s backup for the holder spot, though. Perhaps we’ll see a position battle there.
How’d He Get Here?: Back when he was also a place kicker, Hofrichter got a scholarship offer after he hit a pair of 55-yard field goals back-to-back in front of Scott Shafer. Syracuse was his only offer.
What’d the Recruiting Sites Say?: 247 said Hofrichter was a two-star recruit. Rivals said three.
Money Quote: Hofrichter on getting to kick in the Dome:
"That's like a kicker's dream," Hofrichter said. "Every kicker would love to kick in a dome because they don't have to deal with the cold, wind, rain, anything. It's perfect kicking weather."
Links of Wonder: Chris Carlson wrote on the big shoes Hofrichter has to fill.
Twitter Feed: @shofrichter10
Tweets of Wonder: We feel your pain, Sterling.
Is there anything more disappointing than finding a Chick-Fil-A and remembering that it is closed because it's Sunday?— Sterling Hofrichter (@shofrichter10) May 22, 2016
What Does the Coaching Staff Think of Him?: Not a lot, yet. The old coaching staff had some words, though, per the Daily Orange.
"I think people forget that Sterling Hofrichter is a very, very good punter. And I think a lot's been said about his placekicking ability obviously. But Riley Dixon is done after this year. So I think if you look at it that way, you say you have to have one ready to go when Riley's out. And we happen to have a guy that does both extremely well in Sterling Hofrichter. I think you can figure out that we have to make sure we take care of business, and I didn't want to wait a year when we had one that was really excited about his opportunity."
Interesting Nugget O’Interest: Hofrichter may never be able to replace Riley Dixon, but his punting numbers could. In Dixon’s first year he averaged 36.3 yards per game. Hofrichter averaged 40.1 as a senior in high school.
Let’s Get A Good Look Atcha: