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Get to Know Your Orange Man: #91, K Andre Szmyt

There are quite a few walk-on kickers at SU right now, if you were unaware...

NCAA Football: North Carolina State at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Name: Andre Szmyt

Position: Kicker

Year: (Redshirt) Freshman

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 196

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.


“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.’“

Twitterfeed: @AndreSzmyt

Tweets of wonder: Szmyt nailed a 35-yard field goal in the spring game this year.

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.