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Shane Raupers Lives

One day you’re the starting kicker. Three months later, you’re dressed as Buzz Lightyear from a Toy Story for Halloween.

Shane Raupers Syracuse path wasn’t kind.

One day you’re the starting kicker. Next day, you’ve left the team. Three months later, you’re dressed as Buzz Lightyear from a Toy Story for Halloween.

Rauper’s departure from The Hill was like most of the roster turnover that Marrone oversaw this summer: Sudden and unpsoken.

Ryan Lichtenstein’s story was recentlytold by the Watertown Daily Times.

“ESPN recruiting had him rated at 45 out of 100 – below average for kicking recruits, and hardly worth a scholarship. But ESPN, Syracuse and coach Doug Marrone didn’t know the stars were slowly coming together.

Lichtenstein came to SU preseason camp as the No. 2 kicker on the depth chart behind then-starter Shane Raupers. Three weeks later, Raupers abruptly left the program.

Marrone then had to decide whether Lichtenstein’s foot was worth a scholarship. And it didn’t appear at first like it was, especially once Marrone brought in Jake Smith, who had been headed to Milford Academy to prepare for Division I football.”

Now if Lichtenstein and Smith would dress up as Woody and Mr. Potato Head, we might just have some kicker unity.

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