COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State junior punter Drue Chrisman is the Big Ten Conference’s special team’s player of the week. Chrisman, a two-time Ray Guy Award semifinalist and considered one of the nation’s best punters this season once again, averaged 43.0 yards per punt off three kicks in the 42-0 win. His unit also did not allow a punt return yard.
Chrisman, from LaSalle High School in Cincinnati, dropped two of his three kicks inside of the Cincinnati 5 yard line, putting the Bearcats in precarious positions at the 1 and 4 yard lines. Ohio State’s defense held on three downs each time, got the ball back at midfield on the ensuing punt and then scored touchdowns on both drives.
So far this season Chrisman has placed four of his seven punts inside the opponents 20, including three inside the 5. Ohio State’s defense has produced three-and-out series each time the opponent has started a drive inside the five. The Ohio State offense has scored a touchdown on each of its subsequent possessions.
Chrisman has passed Tom Tupa (56 I20 from 1984-87) and Brent Bartholomew (56 I20 from 1995-98) and into a tie for third in school history with Ben Buchanan with 58 punts downed inside the 20.
A two-time Academic all-Big Ten Conference honoree and a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, Chrisman is majoring in consumer sciences and family services.
Ohio State Punts I20 – Career
1. 109 – Cameron Johnston, 2013-16
2. 78 – A.J. Trapasso, 2005-08
3. 58 – Drue Chrisman, 2017-present and Ben Buchanan, 2009-12
5. 56 – Brett Bartholomew, 1995-98
6. 56 – Tom Tupa, 1984-87