Ohio State Finds a Punter

By Jordan Wagner on June 4, 2013 at 10:45p
Drew Basil will be able to focus on kicker

Urban Meyer has found his punter after missing out on long-time commitment Johnny Townsend on signing day. 

21 year-old Cameron Johnston from Australia will enroll at Ohio State and become Ohio State's starting punter next season, according to a Columbus Dispatch report. The report notes that Ohio State has not officially confirmed the signing, though it does appear to be a formality at this point.

Cameron's trainer, Nathan Chapman, tells the paper that Cameron's leg is "unlike anything that I think anyone at Ohio State will have seen." Chapman also noted that Johnston would have gone to Alabama next season if he had not chosen the Buckeyes.

The addition means the Buckeyes will have their very own Brad Wing. Wing starred for Les Miles and his LSU Tigers for four seasons before moving on to the NFL, where he's now in competition for the starting job in Philadelphia. You may remember Wing for this nifty fake punt – and subsequent taunt that negated the score – against the Florida Gators in 2011.

Video is a bit sparse on Johnston, but film exists of him kicking the ball 80 yards with consistent 65-yard bombs.


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stevebelliseeya's picture

IS THAT A ONE STEP THEN KICK MOTION? I may need to change my underwear...

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actionstanleyjackson's picture

Indeed. Compared to what osu has had in the past...this would be a welcomed site

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

buckeyemondo's picture

more importantly, is that 5 second hang time???

cal3713's picture

No shit.  I like that the entire line is essentially re-set by the time the ball lands.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

YES!  Considering my fondness for Australian kickers and our need at punter...I've never been so psyched to land a punter!
welcome aboard crocodile Johnston. 


“If Cameron hadn’t gone to Ohio State, he would have gone to Alabama (next year),” Chapman said.

Think we got a steal out of this.

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tdible2132's picture

Somewhere out there, Jim Tressel is sipping a beer and smiling while he reads this news.

GABuckeye's picture

I picture him as more of a wine guy!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I picture milk.

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toad1204's picture

I cant find the link but I know he's a beer guy.  There was a story about him getting together with his buddies at a bar once a year and having beers.   

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Earle's picture

A once-a-year beer guy?  Sounds about right to me.

Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

Danify's picture

Like it, dude hit a 70 yard punt is beyond insane. Let's hope he does 50+ yard punts on average.

BSTP DeCon's picture

Lol, lets hope he doesn't have to punt on average! Would love to hang 7 every drive we take!

dan_isaacs's picture

I think we'll still punt 2x a game.  We might go the whole season without having to tackle a PR.  I see a LOT of fair catches.  :)

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

The good thing about this signing is that as our regular punter, he'll have a full season to sit on our bench and acclimate himself to the college game, as he watches us score at will.
I like the idea of us having our own Darren Bennett.

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millertime2011's picture

Um, wow. Possibly our biggest weakness could be one of our biggest strengths. Unbelievable leg. The only worry I have is if he will consistently outkick the coverage, though it's an unbelievable to luxury to be able to tell a punter to only kick it 60 yards and not 80 :-) No real film on him doing short, angled kicks, but if he's half as good at those as he is at the boomers, I think we'll be fine.

gumtape's picture

It will be tough to outkick the pirahnas. All of those freshman burners need something to do.

High and tight boo boo

KBonay's picture

Not with that hang time

osubuck57's picture

Nice, and to stick one to Bama is even sweeter!!


Maestro's picture

Tressel inquires about opening for special teams coaching position.

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AndyVance's picture

Nah, he'll be watching with glee pride from the President's suite :)

BME_Buckeye's picture

Is it possible to win the Lou Groza award just as a punter or is exclusively for kickers or guys that do both? 

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Jordan Wagner's picture

They have the Ray Guy award for best punter. 

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

What a leg.  This is just getting more insane as each month ticks away to the season opener.  I think we need to just lay down a few times on third and one...if only to allow this guy to kick a football across the sky.

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Basso Profondo's picture

This is fantastic news.  I'm excited.  If he is anything like Brad Wing then we really got lucky here, I was wondering when more Australians would start coming over... The demand is everywhere.

ATXbucknut's picture

He certainly seems to have the right koalafications. 

stevebelliseeya's picture

I tried hard to not see what you did there, but i saw what you did there.

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Spriggz's picture

I laughed entirely too hard at this for entirely too long.

Earle's picture


Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

Hovenaut's picture

Welcome 'board Cameron Johnston.

I bet Coach Coombs is excited.

Well, like, more than usual.

Earle's picture

A friendly word of warning, Cam:  Do NOT ask for a drink during stretching!

Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

Squirrel Master's picture

I think this might be one kicker that Coombs might respect. Coombs might take him in as another son if he is as tough as Aussie rules football players are supposedly.
He kicks 80 yarders staying on the ground, imagine how far he will kick that thing with some Coombs juice in him. Might grow wings!

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MN Buckeye's picture

He sure seems to have a spring in his step, perhaps from jumping around the outback.

VickVega24's picture

Calm Down People....he has does a big leg.  The problem that I notice is that he is taking too long to get the punt off.   Hopefully, we can get him up to speed for the college game because he will only get 1.5 seconds to get the punt off if he is lucky.  Speeding up his steps could compromise his power and accuracy, so let's hope he can still get these bombs off with a rush on.

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Brutus' Left Nut's picture

With this kid's leg we could just snap it an extra 5 yards...he is still going to out punt any other punter on the field if he punts like he does in his tape.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

That was over a month ago. In this video he looks like he's gotten a little faster.

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Squirrel Master's picture

See that is more impressive to me. He is now getting them off faster and taken a bit off to equal out the perfect timing. I think a 1 second GO, 4.7 hang time and 60-65 yard punt would be the perfect punt. Based on if he needs to kick far. angle kicks and situations, IDK.

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TheBadOwl's picture

As a citizen of /r/Ameristralia, I welcome this guy with open arms.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

Poison nuts's picture

This is really great news. 70 yard punts? Wow! To Vick above: I think he'll be fine, there is more video posted above of him getting the kicks off very quickly. If he can punt 50 yards on a regular basis, then that's as good as it gets.

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OSUinFl's picture

What a great find Urban. Some with big leg I wonder how he is at dropping in coffin corner.

jarheadbuckeyefan's picture

Wow....talk about flipping field position! One thing is certain, anyone that manages to get a safety against us is unlikely to be able to get any kind of good field position from the free kick if this guy's kicking! I think Tressel would've killed, literally, for a punter like this.

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Buckeye06's picture

Most important play in football.  I say tell him to kick it 50 out of bounds 

actionstanleyjackson's picture

Hang time is quite nice. 

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

Buckeye06's picture

Would he be a true freshman?  He's 21 so does he have all 4 years of eligibility? 

MackRM408's picture

Sorry if mentioned above but does this make him eligible for 2013?


The story sounds like he's going to be our starting punter and is a true freshman.
In the video Buckeyevstheworld posted, they have a skinny guy half-assing a rush. I'm definitely curious to see how he punts with someone like Diesel or Spence coming at him.

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southbymidwest's picture

And who better to teach you how to deal with the other team's defense than Diesel or Spense-if he can deal with them rushing him, he can deal with just about anyone.
I might envision his hang time to be so long that by the time the ball gets to a return guy, a Piranha will be hovering in front him, daring him to run. 

buckeyepastor's picture

Apart from LB, where we have talent but not experience, punting was the most glaring concern, I think.   Glad that this has been remedied.    

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jedkat's picture

Anyone else picture the football as Matt Hayes' ass?

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AndyVance's picture

Nope. I pictured the football as his fat, empty head.

causeicouldntgo43's picture

Leave it Urban Meyer to coach locally and recruit globally..............

tussey's picture

This is awesome!

captain obvious's picture

It will be great to see him punt in practice. He wont be needed much in the games.

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Buckidelphia's picture

I just watched a 3 minute video of a dude punting. Man I love the Buckeyes..

bigbadbuck's picture

between 46-70 yards with most of the kicks being right around a 5 second hang time.....Can you say "another weapon?"

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OSUinFl's picture

With that kind of  hang time he should never out punt coverage.. He has the  potential to be the best punter since Rick Robby.

avail31678's picture

So which coach's recruiting region has grown to another continent?

Earle's picture

I think Coombs just swam over there one afternoon.

Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

The Punter from Down Under!

rightfield's picture

The last piece to our championship puzzle, me thinks.

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ArizonaBuckeye's picture

This is a steal! A weakness just became a strength!

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