Pair of Syracuse football players drafted; four more sign free agent contracts


SYRACUSE — Two members of the Syracuse University football team were selected on day three of the NFL Draft, with four more signing free agent contacts after the draft. Defensive end Alton Robinson was chosen in the fifth round by the Seattle Seahawks, while punter Sterling Hofrichter was picked in the seventh round by the Atlanta Falcons.

Robinson was taken 148th overall while Hofrichter was picked in the 228th pick.

Robinson is the fifth Syracuse defensive lineman drafted since 2010. He earned All-ACC honors in two of his three seasons at Syracuse. He finished his career seventh in school history with 19.5 sacks and tied for ninth with 32.5 tackles for loss. In 36 career games (34 starts) from 2017-19, Robinson recorded 115 tackles, including 46 as a senior.

Hofrichter, who succeeded 2016 NFL draftee Riley Dixon, is the third Orange punter to be selected. Coincidentally, Hofrichter and Dixon were both taken off the board with the 228th pick in their respective drafts. A four-year starter and three-time Syracuse captain, Hofrichter received All-America honors from seven different selectors in 2019 and was one of the three finalists for the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter. He ranked third in the FBS in net average (43.03) and led the ACC in touchback percentage (2.9). Hofrichter closed his career as Syracuse’s all-time leader in punting yardage (11,651). Additionally, he’s the only player in program history to earn multiple All-ACC First Team honors (2018, 2019).

Though they didn’t get drafted, defensive end Kendall Coleman, wide receivers Sean Riley and Trishton Jackson, and offensive lineman Evan Adams signed free agent contracts with NFL teams Saturday following the conclusion of the draft.

Coleman signed with his hometown Indianapolis Colts. Riley agreed to terms with the New England Patriots. Jackson signed with the Los Angeles Rams. Adams inked a deal with the Baltimore Ravens.

Coleman reunites with Orange teammates Zaire Franklin and Steve Ishmael in Indianapolis. The 2019 Bill Horr Award winner as Syracuse’s MVP, Coleman was a four-year starter. In 44 career games (43 starts), he logged 137 tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks. Coleman led all Syracuse down linemen with 48 tackles as a senior.

Riley finished his career third all-time at Syracuse with 4,358 all-purpose yards and first in all-purpose yards per play (14.6). In 49 games from 2016-19, Riley caught 119 passes for 1,265 yards (10.6 avg.) and four touchdowns. Additionally, he set the program career records for most kickoff returns (115) and most kickoff return yards (2,433).

A 2019 All-ACC second team choice, Jackson set the Syracuse record for most receiving yards by a junior in his one full season with the Orange. Jackson, who transferred from Michigan State, caught 66 passes for 1,023 yards and tied for fourth in the ACC with 11 touchdown receptions this past fall. He ranked fifth among ACC pass-catchers in receiving yards per game (85.3).

Adams appeared in 49 games with 45 starts at guard during his four seasons. He logged 3,464 career snaps and 146 knockdown blocks, including a team-high 51 knockdowns as a senior in 2019. As a junior in 2018, Adams helped pave the way for an Orange offense that ranked 11th nationally in scoring (40.2 ppg) and set the school season records for points (523) and rushing touchdowns (38).


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