Nov. 11, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior punter Cameron Johnston doesn’t punt much – he’s tied for first nationally in fewest punts and second in fewest punts per game – but when he does punt he punts really well, and that’s why today he was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award. This is the third consecutive year he has been named a semifinalist for the nation’s top punter award.
Johnston ranks fourth nationally with a 47.5-yard average and his punts, coupled with Ohio State’s outstanding punt coverage unit, has Ohio State ranked fourth nationally in net punting with a 42.6-yard average.
Johnston, who is from Geelong, Australia, has led the Big Ten in punting twice and he’s currently more than five yards ahead of the Big Ten’s No. 2 punter.
He is also on the cusp of setting a school single season record, which is held by Tom Tupa (47.1 average in 1984) and he is just one-tenth of a yard behind Andy Groom’s career punting average record of 45.0 yards set from 2001-02. Johnston’s career average is 44.9.
Johnston was the Ray Guy national punter of the week after his good day of punting against the No. 14 Oklahoma Sooners. All five of his punts against the Sooners were downed inside the 20 yard line while he averaged 50.6 yards per kick. Oklahoma never started a drive inside of Ohio State territory for the game, and the Sooners were forced to start at their own 11, 14, 12, 10 and 1 yard lines after Johnston’s punts.
Johnston graduated from Ohio State in three years with his degree in sport industry.