Ramapo (Franklin Lakes, NJ) placekicker Rick Krautman is one of the top placekickers ever to come out of New Jersey. Earlier this season, the senior became the leading kicking scorer in the state of New Jersey, breaking the earlier mark of 192 points.
“He is the total package,” said Ramapo Head Coach Drew Gibbs. “He is the top kicking scorer in New Jersey with over 200 total kicking points [for his career.”
Through eight games this season, Krautman has made six of ten field goals – two of which were over 40 yards – and connected on 31 extra points. Over the past two seasons, he has only missed two extra point tries. In addition, he has 32 touchbacks for Ramapo this year. While his statistics are impressive, Krautman only has one thing on his mind during the season.
“I just want to do what I can to help the team win,” said Krautman. “I just want my kicking to help put the team in a position to win.”
He has helped Ramapo to a 7-1 record, with the only loss coming at the hands of Wayne Hills, the high school that boasts All-American tight end Greg Olsen. Krautman did his part in that game, however, connecting on field goals of 34 and 25 yards and booming three touchbacks. This was Ramapo’s biggest game, as Wayne Hills is their arch rival, and over 10,000 fans were in attendance.
Krautman was not fazed at all by the raucous atmosphere and the intense pressure of the game.
“In pre-game, I just get focused,” said Krautman. “I love pressure. I love the big crowd…it makes me more focused. I’ve been a starter since freshman year, [so I am used to the pressure]. During my first year, we had a game where we were down 17-14 with eight seconds left in the fourth quarter. I kicked a 42 yard field goal to force overtime.”
Some high school kickers who succeed in the high school level have trouble converting to kicking off the ground in college. Krautman promises to have no such problem. Over the summer, he attended seven Division I camps to show teams he could kick it off the ground just as well as on the tee.
“I kicked the ball 55 and 60 yards [during those camps],” said Krautman. “I had no problem kicking the ball 55 or 60 with the adjustment. You just kick more through the ball.”
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