Syracuse football punter Sterling Hofrichter won’t be going to the Senior Bowl in 2019. Here are all the details and what it means for his future.
One of the best punters in Syracuse football history will not be following in the footsteps of Riley Dixon.
On Thursday evening Executive Director for the Reese’s Senior Bowl Jim Nagy confirmed through text that Sterling Hofrichter would not be heading down to Mobile, Alabama for the annual college all-star game.
Nagy would go on to say that Sterling was under heavy consideration, but the Senior Bowl staff “decided to go in another direction.”
It comes as a shocker considering Sterling meets all the prerequisites to receive a possible invitation and he’s widely considered to be the best punter in the country.
Sterling is one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award that is annually doled out to the nation’s best punter.
In addition to those honors, Sterling was also the only Syracuse football player to receive first-team All ACC honors this season.
A few months ago pass rusher Alton Robinson received an invite to the Senior Bowl becoming the 58th former member of the Orange to participate in the game.
According to Nagy, Robinson will be the only Syracuse football player represented this year.
He confirmed over text that Alton and Sterling were the only former Syracuse football players “that were close in the range for a Senior Bowl invite.” In other words, there will be no other member of the Orange playing in the game this year outside of Alton.
Other recent Senior Bowl invites include wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo (2017) and punter Riley Dixon (2016).
But just because you don’t get invited to the Senior Bowl doesn’t mean you can’t increase your NFL Draft stock in the other college all-star games.
For example, most recently six former members of the Orange have participated in the East-West Shrine Game. Which is the longest-running college football all-star game and was first played back in 1925:
- Riley Dixon, punter
Some other all-star games include: College Gridiron Showcase, Tropical Bowl, and the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
Dino Babers has been adamant that Sterling Hofrichter will be punting on Sundays and we agree, he just needs the right platform to display his talents this offseason.