HAMILTON, N.Y. (WKTV) - After starring as a quarterback in high school and switching to wide receiver at the start of his college career at Colgate this summer, Oneida graduate Ryan Kramer is now practicing as a running back with the Raiders.
Kramer, six feet tall and listed at 190 pounds--four more than his senior year at Oneida when he led the Indians to their first-ever state playoff appearance and a runner-up finish in Class B--was recruited by Colgate as an all-around athlete without an assigned position, and head coach Dick Biddle says his running ability necessitated the move.
"We felt it would be better if he has the ball in his hands," says Biddle, who acknowledged that Kramer has some learning to do before he can become a serious competitor at the position. "I just think he needs to learn what we're doing. It's a little faster-paced and I think he needs to adjust to our line-blocking and what we're doing. But he works very hard, and I think he's got a bright future here at Colgate."
Kramer agrees that he's got a ways to go before he's ready to play running back at the college level, but given his 606 yards on 98 carries as Oneida's quarterback last season, the transition is not as big as it might be for others.
"I'm more comfortable in a running situation," says Kramer, who is wearing No. 29 at Colgate. "I always liked to run more than pass as I played quarterback. So it's not really a new thing in running the football, but it's definitely a little different at the college level."
Colgate is in no rush to rush along Kramer's development as sophomore stud Nate Eachus is back. But Eachus himself broke out as a backup freshman last year with 932 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns behind record-breaking and since-graduated Jordan Scott, so the Raiders are certainly well-versed in using a two-back system if need be. In the meantime, Kramer is also getting reps at kick returner, which he also played in high school.