Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Kicker/punter: Drew Basil, senior (Chillcothe, OH / Chillcothe HS)
Drew has connected on 24 of 32 field goal attempts for his career and his percentage of 75.0 ranks fifth all-time at Ohio State ... he has made 92 of 94 extra point attempts for a .978 percentage, good for sixth all-time at Ohio State ... he has kicked off 228 times and in 38 consecutive games with 41 touchbacks and only six that have gone out-of-bounds ... he makes tackles, too: he has 15 career tackles including 13 solo stops
During spring practice, Basil garnered his coaches and national media attention for drinking water while stretching.
Spring Game: hit a 25 yard field goal and made six extra points
This year he’s also competing to take over punting duties following the graduation of Ben Buchanan.Kicker: Kyle Clinton, junior (Dublin, OH / Coffman HS)
Kyle walked on to the football team in January 2012 ... he played in his first game as a Buckeye last season, kicking off twice in the season opener vs. Miami.
"Clinton graduated high school in 2010 and played his first year of college football at Ohio University in nearby Athens.Clinton handled kickoffs for the Bobcats in 2010. He kicked off 67 times and averaged 63.5 yards per kickoff."Kicker: Tim Scott, junior (Norton, OH / Norton HS)
In his second year practicing with the Buckeyes, having initially walked on to the team in the fall of 2012 ... he earned 14 varsity letters in four sports at Norton High School, including four letters apiece in soccer, cross country and track and field, respectively
"Scott started his college kicking career at Boise State... As he was unhappy with the amount of playing time he received and the school itself, Scott set out to transfer. His first transfer landed him at Mount Union, the dominant Division III football program located in Alliance, Ohio. Scott was not as far down on the depth chart in Alliance, and saw the field for a few kicks late in blowouts. Scott’s time at the Mount was brief, as he only stayed a season, and he transferred again. This time, Scott had his heart set on becoming an Ohio State Buckeye. Realizing their need for punters and kickers, Scott became a walk-on at Ohio State in the fall of 2012."Punter: Cameron Johnston, freshman (Geelong, Australia / St. Joseph's)
“He is our No. 1 guy.” - head coach Urban Meyer
Johnston signed to attend Ohio State and play for the Buckeyes in the summer of 2013 ... a 21-year-old former Australian Rules Football player in his home country, Johnston will be a true freshmen for the Buckeyes and will have four years to complete his four seasons of eligibility ... he spent one year attending college at Deakin University
"My off season involved moving from Australia to Ohio State and training extensively with Nathan Chapman and John Smith at Prokick Australia, a punting program in Australia that gets players signed to college football. My goals and plans are to punt this year for Ohio State and do my job for the team when they need me and have that contribute to wins in our games. Plan to work on landing harder with my plant leg and driving up through the ball."
Punter: Jake Russell, sophomore (Twinsburg, OH / Twinsburg HS)
In his second season practicing with the Buckeyes ... he initially walked on to the team in the fall of 2011 ... he was an all-state soccer player at Twinsburg and a four-year letterwinner ... team captain ... played football as a junior and a senior
"During the offseason, I've been working extremely hard on my technique and building strength in the weight room. My goal for the season is to get playing time and to help my team in any way that I'm needed to!"WR/punter: Frank Epitropoulos, freshman (Upper Arlington, OH / Upper Arlington HS)
High school: three years as a starter at wide receiver, defensive back and as punter ... a two-time second-team Ohio Division I all-state pick by the Associated Press as a punter, Epitropoulos averaged 42.2 yards per punt as a junior and 39.2 as a seniorLong snapper: George Makridis, senior (Warren, OH / Warren G. Harding HS)
Has been the team's long snapper for two consecutive seasons ... last season he shared snap responsibilities with Bryce Haynes ... Makridis snapped 87 times during the 2012 undefeated season and he has now had 205 successful snapsLong snapper: Bryce Haynes, sophomore (Cumming, GA / Pinecrest Academy)
He played in 10 games and totaled 47 snaps while sharing responsibilities with George Makridis ... he also recorded three tackles on punts, including two solo stops