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Monday, September 28, 2015

Ohio State Buckeyes Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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September 28, 2015 - punter Cameron Johnston named Big Ten Special teams Player of the Week
"Averaged 51.5 yards per punt over four attempts against Western Michigan, with three punts placed inside the 20-yard line. Two punts were downed inside the 10-yard line, including one at the one-yard line. Helped the Buckeyes hold the Broncos to zero punt return yards in the contest. Claims his second career Special Teams Player of the Week honor and first since Sept. 30, 2013." - Big Ten

July 24, 2015 - kicker Blake Haubeil commits
"Haubeil, the second team All-Western New York kicker and honorable mention all-state pick who recently transferred from Amherst to Canisius, has verbally committed to Ohio State as part of the defending national champions’ 2017 recruiting class. Haubeil made his announcement just now in Columbus, Ohio, shortly after taking part in Ohio State’s marquee recruiting camp, Friday Night Lights. Haubeil went 7 for 9 on field-goal attempts last year as a sophomore, with a season-long make of 49 yards. He recorded a touchback on 65 percent of his kickoffs. He is expected to take over the Crusaders’ kicking job for graduated All-WNY first teamer and USA Today second team All-American Michael Tarbutt, who will start  at Connecticut this season." - Buffalo News

May 5, 2015 - punter Drue Chrisman commits
"Cincinnati (Ohio) LaSalle punter Drue Chrisman has decided to stay close to home and has committed to Ohio State over scholarship offers from Florida State, BYU and others.... The 6-foot-4 and 200-pound Chrisman had a net punting average of over 42 yards during his junior season. Chrisman is commitment No. 14 in Meyer’s 2016 Ohio State recruiting class." - 247 Sports

April 18, 2015 - spring game
"Kicker Sean Nurenberger accounted for the Gray team's other points, booting a 29-yard second-quarter field goal. He kicked all of the PAT's for both teams." - The Review

April 15, 2015 - former Duke kicker Jack Willoughby to join team for 5th year of eligibility
"The Blue Devils’ kickoff specialist last season, Jack Willoughby, will be suiting up for reigning national champion Ohio State in the fall. Willoughby made an unofficial visit to Columbus and met with head coach Urban Meyer Sat., April 4.... The Princeton, N.J., native chose Ohio State in part because of the possibility of winning the job as the team’s primary field goal kicker in addition to being the kickoff specialist. Ohio State started freshman kicker Sean Nuernberger last season, who made just 13 of his 20 field goal attempts and never attempted one over 50 yards.... Willoughby walked onto Duke’s team as a freshman after earning all-state recognition as a soccer player at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. He beat out All-ACC placekicker Ross Martin with three games left in the 2013 season as the kickoff specialist." - The Chronicle

February 18, 2015 - punter Cameron Johnston to undergo knee surgery
"Cameron Johnston, Ohio State's punting wizard, announced Wednesday morning on his Twitter he would have surgery on his knee. It's unknown at this time what the surgery was for or which knee it was on, but the surgery will keep Johnston out 4 to 6 six weeks, according to this since-deleted tweet." - Eleven Warriors

February 4, 2015 - long snapper Liam McCullough signs
"Liam McCullough is believed to be only the second long snapper in Ohio State annals to earn a scholarship offer as a high school senior; the first being current Buckeye Bryce Haynes, who will be a senior in 2015 … McCullough had scholarship offers from two other Big Ten schools and one in the SEC … he is rated as the No. 1 long snapper in the country by 247Sports and No. 2 by the Rubio long snapping service … is called “dominant” on the Rubio long snapping website and “snaps with great power and accuracy” … has been Kilbourne’s long snapper since his freshman season, and he has been a long snapper since the fifth grade … helped coach Vince Trombetti’s Wolves to an 8-4 record in 2014 and to the second round of the Ohio state playoffs … was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-America game." - Buckeyes

December 6, 2014 - punter Cameron Johnston sets records in win over Wisconsin
"Punter Cameron Johnston punted four times for 212 yards, establishing a new Big Ten Football Championship Game record of 53.0 yards per punt. His long of 73 yards is also a Big Ten Football Championship Game record and a new career long." - Buckeyes

October 4, 2014 - Cameron Johnston punts it Aussie style
"For a split second, Ohio State punter Cameron Johnston looked up and thought he was back home in Australia. Nothing but green in front of him. He could finally do what he's been itching to do since he got here. Johnston took the snap, ran out wide to his right about eight yards and let loose a booming kick that settled 69 yards down the field at the Maryland 7-yard-line. 'The roll out, drop-punt is what I've done my whole career back home in Australia,' said Johnston, the former Aussie Rules Football player who joined the Buckeyes last year. 'To finally be able to do that felt good.' It also turned out to be a huge play in the Buckeyes' 52-24 win over the Terrapins' on Saturday in Ohio State's Big Ten opener." - Cleveland.com

August 18, 2014 - kicker Sean Nuernberger
"We haven't named Nuernberger the kicker yet,' Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said, 'but he's really talented.' It sounds like it's Nuernberger's job to lose, and that makes sense considering Nuernberger doesn't accept the idea that he may not start as a freshman. A product of Buckner (Ky.) Oldham County and a former-three-star prospect whom Rivals.com rated the No. 10 kicker in the 2014 class, Nuernberger came to Ohio State for a kicker's camp in high school to compete for a scholarship. He did that knowing that Drew Basil would be gone by the time he arrived in Columbus, so he's had the starting job in his crosshairs for more than a year. Nuernberger graduated early and enrolled in time to participate in spring practice with the Buckeyes, so he doesn't feel like a newcomer this fall. Now he's just hoping to lock down the spot he came to Ohio State to take. 'I think coming in the spring, since I graduated early, really helped me out a lot,' Nuernberger said. 'The specialists group kind of took me, showed the ropes and everything during the spring, so the fall has been really smooth and I know what's going on. I have had a good camp so far. I am hitting the ball pretty well, making most of my kicks, so everything is going good so far'." - Cleveland.com

August 16, 2014 - kicker competition
Call it the martial arts arena of the Ohio State football preseason camp, because Kyle Clinton and Sean Nuernberger are engaged in a kick fight as the season approaches. The prize is replacing the departed Drew Basil as the starting kicker. Clinton is a fifth-year senior from Dublin Coffman who transferred from Ohio University three years ago and was the backup last season. Nuernberger is a freshman from Buckner, Ky. Nuernberger has his college career ahead of him. For Clinton, it’s his last chance to put his best foot forward. 'It absolutely is the time to do that,' Clinton said. Nuernberger, he added, might have limited experience, 'but he has come out and proven himself with some good kicks. I definitely have to give it my best if I want it'.” - BuckeyeXtra

August 13, 2014 - kicker Alec Schuster
"Alec Schuster hasn't played a full season of football since his sophomore year of high school, but after spending two years rehabilitating from a back injury, he will be heading to The Ohio State University this fall as a kicker. Schuster will be a red-shirt freshman where he plans on preparing for place kicking and field goal duties. He will be competing for a full scholarship following his red-shirt freshman year. Schuster graduated from Weddington High one semester early and spent the winter/spring searching for opportunities to kick after high school." - Fox 46

August 10, 2014 - award winning snapper & new kicker
"Bryce Haynes is the Buckeyes’ redshirt-junior long snapper, arguably the least talked about position in all of college football. But once his teammate, sophomore punter Cameron Johnston, was named to the watch list for this season’s Ray Guy Award, which recognizes the nation’s best punter, Johnston and a few others decided to invent an award for Haynes. 'Cameron got on the Ray Guy Award watch list and we thought ‘We’ve got to have something for Bryce,’ redshirt-senior kicker Kyle Clinton said. 'So that’s when we came up with it.' Johnston, freshman kicker Sean Nuernberger and sophomore long snapper Aaron Mawhirter then invented the Roscoe Foster Award for the nation’s best long snapper. They even tweeted out a photo-shopped image of Haynes with the fake award at the bottom.... For starters, OSU will have to replace kicker Drew Basil who, among other accomplishments, set the school single-season record in field goal percentage last year at 90 percent. The battle is between the veteran Clinton and Nuernberger, with coach Urban Meyer singling out the latter during the team’s media day on Sunday. 'I really like him. He’s actually a pretty good punter, too,' Meyer said. “We haven’t named (him) the kicker yet, but he’s a really talented guy'.” - The Lantern

June 10, 2014 - long snapper Liam McCullough commits
"Urban Meyer and his staffed picked up another commitment for the 2015 class when Worthington (OH) Kilbourne long snapper Liam McCullough committed to Ohio State months after seeing his preferred walk-on offer turned into a full scholarship offer. While the commitment comes as no surprise and it's by no means a "sexy" pickup, it's important to have a good long snapper and the Buckeyes will need a new one to replace Bryce Haynes in the not too distant future. In addition to the offer from Ohio State, McCullough received scholarship offers from Big Ten foes Michigan State and Wisconsin. He also held an offer from Kentucky." -  Land-Grant Holy Land

May 8, 2014 - long snapper Sam York
Shortly after Sam York graduates from Marblehead High School this spring, he’ll head for Columbus, Ohio to begin his football career as a Buckeye. A football long snapper, York is a preferred walk-on candidate for the Ohio State team and its head coach, Urban Meyer. It all started when York volunteered for the job as long snapper on his eighth grade football team. He was a center/middle linebacker who was willing to learn how to snap because the team needed somebody to do it.... He’ll report on June 15 and take some summer courses in Columbus, knowing he’ll be very busy during the season itself." - Jewish Journal Massachusetts

April 12, 2014 - spring game
"Coach Urban Meyer did not talk about the special teams spots. However, sophomore punter Cameron Johnston and freshman kicker Sean Nuemberger might be good bets. Johnston did all the punting in the spring game, averaging 45 yards per punt and pinning three of the six inside the 20 with a long of 54. While senior Kyle Clinton kicked two extra points, Nuemberger hit a 43-yard field goal in the game and was more accurate in kicking exercises, including a long of 52 yards." - The Morning Journal

February 26, 2014 - long snapper Sam York commits as preferred walk-on
"Long snapper Sam York of Marblehead High School in Marblehead, Massachusetts has decided to join them and accept an opportunity to walk-on to the Ohio State football team over chances to suit up for Michigan, Purdue and Fordham University. 'I was offered a preferred walk-on spot by Coach Gregory Gillum. I will be one of three long snappers on the team and I will be primarily competing for the field goal snapping position.' York, who was offered the National Buckeye Merit Scholarship and plans to study Engineering once he reaches campus, told Land-Grant Holy Land earlier this evening. 'I feel blessed to be a part of this prestigious program and it will be an honor to play for Coach Urban Meyer. This is a dream come true, and there are no words to fully describe how grateful and excited I am to have this opportunity'." - Land-Grant Holy Land

February 6, 2014 - kicker Sean Nuernberger signed
"Sean Nuernberger is the most likely candidate in the class to earn a starting job as a freshman. Already campaigning for recognition with his Twitter handle 'Sean4Heisman', Nuernberger is next in line to take over the kicking duties at Ohio State. Sean is a three-star and one of the best kickers in the country after an incredible season that saw him hit multiple long field goals, including a school-record 57-yarder. Sean also excelled as a punter, averaging over 40 yards per kick. His strong leg also resulted in touchbacks on nearly every kickoff. Nuernberger enrolled early to get a leg up on the competition and should be another great kicker at Ohio State." - Eleven Warriors

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