Ohio State Overview: Dru Chrisman is set to be Ohio State’s punter for a second consecutive season … 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 two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete who is exploring majors in the area of management and industry.
Notable Note: Chrisman is becoming a world-renown bottle flipper. Videos on the World Wide Web include him flipping 63 bottles in a minute, flipping one onto his freshly shaved head and flipping one onto a bridge as he’s leaping off and executing a full gainer into the water. The Australian version of a “Today” television show even featured his flipping on one segment.
Honors & Awards
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.