In search of more playing time Ricky Krautman, a sophomore place-kicker at Syracuse University, is leaving the program and transferring to the University of Richmond, the kicker confirmed Tuesday afternoon.
Krautman, who entered the 2005 season as Syracuse's starting placke-kicker, asked for and received his release from Greg Robinson and the university this past week. Shortly there after, Richmond offered the 21-year-old a scholarship. He plans to enroll at Richmond in time for spring practice.
By going to a division I-AA program, Krautman will be able to step right in and kick for the Spiders without having to sit out a year. After red-shirting in 2004, he has two years of playing eligibility remaining.
"Richmond has exactly want I want to major in with criminal justice and it's just a perfect fit," Krautman said in a telephone interview. "I ended up on great terms at Syracuse and there are no negatives with the program. I'm just excited about this new opportunity and happy to be a Spider."
Coming out of Ramapo high school in northeast New Jersey, Krautman enjoyed one of the most celebrated high school kicking careers in history. The 5-foot-9, 174-pound kicker earned All-American honors from several publications and Rivals.com rated him as the No.8 kicker from the class of 2003.
Krautman holds numerous New Jersey records after racking up 249 kicking points in his four-year career, the sixth most all-time in the history of high school football according to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). His 186 successful extra point attempts currently ranks him No.8 all-time.
Despite coming in as the top kicker in the East, he attempted only one field goal and one extra point during the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
This past season, he entered the year as the No.1 kicker on Syracuse's depth chart, but was benched in favor of walk-on John Barker after making one of two field goal attempts in Syracuse's 31-0 victory over Buffalo on September 10. In the contest, Krautman had a 40-yard attempt blocked at the line of scrimmage.
He continued on as the Orange P.A.T. kicker, nailing 17 of 18 extra points and finishing the year as Syracuse's third leading scorer. In his three-year collegiate career though, Krautman attempted only three field goals.
At Richmond, who finished 9-4 in 2005 and lost in the second round of the division I-AA NCAA playoffs, Krautman will have the chance to step in a contribute immediately as their kicker this past season, Joseph Fore, is a senior.
"I've been down there the past couple of weekends and we met all of the coaches," Krautman said. "The whole atmosphere of their program is upbeat and excited and it's really nice. I have a couple of years of eligibility left and now I'll be able to help a team out."