Name: Andre Szmyt
Year: (Redshirt) Freshman
Hometown: Vernon Hills, Ill.
High School: Vernon Hills
2017 Stats: N/A, since he redshirted.
2018 projections: Could see the field this year as a back-up kicker. The Syracuse Orange have starters there in Sterling Hofrichter (placekicker) and Nolan Cooney (kickoffs). But if there are any issues with either, Szmyt is one of a couple options that could jump in.
How’d he get here? Though he didn’t have any scholarship offers, he did get some preferred walk-on looks, even committing to Louisville in that fashion before following SU director of player personnel Dave Boller over from the Cards.
What’d recruiting sites say?: Khol’s Kicking camp gave him four stars, but no one else talked about him.
Money quote: #SHUNTHENONBELIEVERS
“I would tell (Coach Bill Bellecomo), ‘Yeah, I’m going to come out for the football team. He’d always be in doubt. He’d said, ‘No, you’re a soccer guy. You’re going to be playing soccer.’“
Tweets of wonder: Szmyt nailed a 35-yard field goal in the spring game this year.
Redshirt-freshman kicker Andre Szmyt with a 35-yard field goal.— Syracuse Football (@CuseFootball) April 13, 2018
What movie would Dino Babers recommend for him? You may recall the 1994 kids film “Andre,” telling the true story of a seal who befriended a little girl and her family. That’s not this Andre, but still appropriate here.
Interesting Nugget O’Interest: Szmyt only started playing football in fall of 2016 (and was pretty good right off the bat, hitting a 47-yard field goal).
Let’s get a good look at ya: Here’s Andre letting it rip.