Drue Chrisman


Player profile

  • Height 6-3
  • Weight 220
  • Hometown Lawrenceburg, Ind.
  • Last School Cincinnati LaSalle H.S.
  • Year Junior

Ohio State Overview: Dru Chrisman is one of the top punters in the nation and should contend for the national Ray Guy Award and the Big Ten’s Eddleman-Fields punter of the year award … sporting a career 43.7-yard average, which is fifth-best in Ohio State history, Chrisman keyed Ohio State to the No. 1 ranking in the Big Ten in net punting in 2018 with an average of 41.6 yards, a figure that was sixth-best nationally … he earned third-team all-Big Ten honors and was a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award for the second consecutive season … earned Ray Guy national punter of the week honors after averaging 47.9 yards off nine punts in the come-from-behind win, in bonkers white-out conditions, at Penn State … was even better in the win at Michigan State, dropping all five of his second half punts inside of the Spartan 6 yard line, and directly leading to nine Ohio State points, in the fist-fight in the frost won by a foot, 26-6 … Chrisman landed 29 punts inside of the 20, the second-most in school history, and now has 54 such punts to rank sixth in school history in that category … 15 of his 27 punts last season were downed inside of the 10 … in 2017, as a red-shirt freshman, he was a Ray Guy Award semifinalist and the third-team all-Big Ten punter after averaging 44.2 yards per punt to rank second in the Big Ten Conference and 14th nationally … he had 25 punts downed inside the 20, 15 over 50 yards … his net average of 41.1 helped the Buckeyes lead the Big Ten and rank ninth nationally … did not have a game where he averaged less than 45 yards per punt through the last five games of the season (all wins), and included was a personal best 48.5-yard day vs. Michigan State … he is part of the OSU kickers’ clique of 90-something jersey numbers and sports jersey No. 91 for the Buckeyes … he is a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten honoree who is majoring in consumer sciences and family services.Notable Note: Last year, Chrisman became a world-renown bottle flipper. And he still is, adding degrees of difficulty and moving targets to his repertoire. But his current most notable off-field note: he proposed to his now fiancé – Avery Eliason, of Lawrenceburg, Ind. – at halftime of the 2019 spring game in Ohio Stadium. Chrisman set it up by acting as the holder in a field goal kicking contest with Avery taking a turn. She was stopped, though, and still on one knee, Chrisman proposed. And Avery said “yes.”

Honors & Awards
2018: Third-team all-Big Ten (coaches and media), Ray Guy Award semifinalist, Academic all-Big Ten, OSU Scholar-Athlete
2017: Third-team all-Big Ten (coaches and media), Ray Guy Award semifinalist, Academic all-Big Ten, OSU Scholar-Athlete 2016: OSU Scholar-Athlete

More on Dru: Chrisman was considered the No. 1 punter prospect in the 2016 recruiting class with 247Sports ranking him No. 1, the prestigious Kohl’s kicking and punting organization ranking him No. 1 (out of 81 punters) and Scout ranking him No. 2 … he averaged 46.4 and 43.0 yards per punt during the 2015 and 2014 seasons for LaSalle, respectively … the Lancers, his high school team coached by Jim Hilvert, won back-to-back Division II Ohio state championships those seasons … named first-team Division II all-state by the Associated Press as a senior after earning second-team honors all-state honors in 2014 … first-team all-Greater Catholic League … named all-USA Ohio by USA Today … a U.S. Army All-American … named all-district three times … was 38-40 on extra points as a senior and kicked a game-winning, 41-yard field goal with 10 seconds to play to help LaSalle defeat Colerain, 39-36, in a key game … is the son of Sheila and Travis Chrisman.

YEAR          G    No.    Yds      Avg.     Lg   FC     I20    50+
2017           14     51   2256     44.2      62    20      25      15
2018           14     61   2636     43.2      65    25      29      16
TOT           28   112   4892     43.7      66    45      54      31