July 7, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior punter Cameron Johnston has been named to the Ray Guy award watch list. The award honors the nation’s outstanding punter and is presented by the Augusta (Ga.) Sports Council.
Johnston has been a semifinalist for the Ray Guy award in each of the past two seasons. His kicks have helped the Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in net punting the past three years and to national rankings of fifth, fifth and 15th in 2013, 2014 and 2015, respectively. Johnston has led the Big Ten in punting in 2013 and 2014 with averages of 44.0 and 45.1 yards, respectively, and he was second last year with an average of 43.9.
Sporting a career average of 44.3 yards per punt, Johnston ranks third all-time at Ohio State in that category and his ranking complements nicely his three school records: career and season punts inside the 20 (83 and 31 in 2015, respectively) and his single game average of 57.0 yards per punt vs. Illinois in 2014.
Johnston led the nation – unofficially, according to stats produced by the FBS SIDs – in 2013 in percentage of punts downed inside the 20 and inside the 10, and he was second in both categories in 2014.
A former Australian Rules Football player, Johnston came to the United States before Australian punters were all the rage. There were only about six, according to Johnston, playing collegiate football when he arrived on campus in the summer of 2013 from Geelong, Australia.
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