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Friday, April 25, 2014

Draft Preview: Drew Basil

Among the kickers eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Ohio State's Drew Basil. He ranks in the top ten in some of the various draft rankings.

Excerpts from Basil's profile page on the Buckeyes' website:

2013 Senior Season
  • holds two school records - single season extra points and field goal pct.
  • excellent tackler on kickoff team with 20 career tackles including 17 solos
  • honorable mention all-Big Ten Conference honors by the coaches and media
  • had a school-record string of 102 consecutive extra points snapped when he missed his final attempt in the 60-35 win over Illinois
2012 Junior Season
  • Drew only attempted 11 field goals (making eight) in 2012 as Ohio State was a touchdown-scoring machine, scoring the fourth-most touchdowns in school history: 60 ... Drew was big when he needed to be, though ... despite just six attempts through the team's first 11 games, he connected on four-of-five vs. Michigan (plus two extra points) for a career-best 14 points in the Buckeyes' 26-21 win ... included was a career-long 52-yarder and a 41-yarder.
2011 Sophomore Season
  • led all Big Ten kickers in field goal percentage
  • 12 consecutive field goals - the third-longest streak in school history - to close out the season
2010 Freshman Season
  • As a true freshman, handled all of the kickoff duties
  • did attempt two field goals, both from over 50 yards
High School
  • career long field goal of 47 yards; 13-13 on PAT as a senior
  • second team all-Ohio
  • team captain for the Cavaliers
  • four-year starter
  • also played soccer and bowling at Chillicothe

College Stats:
2013: 9 of 10 (90.0%) FGs; 77 of 79 PATs; 104 points
2012: 8 of 11 (72.7%) FGs; 56 of 57 PATs; 80 points
2011: 16 of 19 (84.2%) FGs; 36 of 37 PATs; 84 points
2010: 0 of 2 (0%) FGs; 0 of 0 PATs; 0 points

Last October, Basil discussed the origins of his kicking career:
"When [my older brother] Kyle was going into his freshman year of high school, he was going to kick for the football team. They had team camp at Thomas More College in Kentucky. I tagged along. [Former Bengals kicker] Doug Pelfrey was there to teach them how to kick. I watched and learned and kept kicking and kicking and kicking. I was going into fifth grade at that point.... I didn’t know I wanted to kick in college until the summer going into my freshman year of high school."

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