Syracuse football punter Sterling Hofrichter has been channeling his inner Rob Bironas. Here’s what that means and how it has helped him.
Sterling Hofrichter is on the precipice of college football immortality.
The former Syracuse football punter will find out on Thursday evening whether or not he’ll become the first punter in program history to walk away with the Ray Guy Award.
That honor is bestowed annually to the nation’s best punter.
Hofrichter is one of three finalists (Dane Roy out of Houston and Max Duffy out of Kentucky being the others) that’ll be waiting anxiously in Atlanta.
FanSided’s Michael Collins spoke to Sterling this week to find out who inspires him on the football field:
“I never really was a big guy that wore jerseys but when I started kicking I looked up to Rob Bironas. He was the main guy I started watching when I first started.”
Bironas was a long-time kicker in the NFL and for an array of other football leagues. He’s best known for his nine year run with the Tennessee Titans. Rob was considered one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history (ranks 12th all-time in field goal converted percentage, per Pro Football Reference).
Speaking of historic, Hofrichter has had an incredible four years on the hill with the Orange. He capped off an amazing collegiate career with his best season as a punter in 2019.
The first-team All ACC selection led college football with 29 punts that were downed inside the 20-yard line. On top of his accuracy, he also displayed pure strength. On the season he averaged nearly 44 yards on 69 punts, his 43 net average was third-best in the nation, per the official press release.
After the fun and games, Sterling will turn his attention to his professional future. On Wednesday he learned his next step when the NFLPA Bowl officially welcomed him to their annual all-star game.