One of the biggest tasks for the 2016 Syracuse Orange football team is replacing punter Riley Dixon, who was a special teams star during his college career. Replacing Dixon, a former walk-on and local product out of CBA, is no easy task for good reason. Dixon is now a starting NFL punter.
The Denver Broncos released Britton Colquitt on Tuesday, leaving Dixon as the lone punter on the defending Super Bowl champion's roster. Colquitt had been with the Broncos since 2009 as an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee. Dixon, a seventh round draft pick this past April, was able to beat out the seven year NFL veteran.
Dixon made a name for himself at Syracuse with his booming kicks, fake kick execution and willingness to leap over would be tacklers. It was because of those things that Orange fans dubbed him a faux Heisman Candidate. He remains one of the most productive punters in program history.
Now Dixon has a chance to make a name for himself at the highest level for a team with legitimate Super Bowl aspirations.