Cameron Johnston Will Pin You. He'll Pin You For Real.

November 6, 2013 at 12:18p    by Kyle Rowland    
Just a freshman, Cam Johnston is killing it.

When U.S. Army All-American punter Johnny Townsend left Ohio State at the signing day altar for the Florida Gators, it caused a bit of a panic among fans. No worries – special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs found his punter in Australia and he's found life on the other side of the world quite comfortable. 

Punters often go unnoticed until they do something bad. Well, Johnston's performance has been impossible to ignore this season, and it has nothing to do with blocked punts or shanks. It wasn't until late in the fourth quarter of the fifth game that he even surrendered a return yard. On that night against Wisconsin, Johnston pinned the Badgers inside the 20 on all six punts and inside the 10 on five. It earned the 21-year-old freshman his first Big Ten special teams player of the week award. 

On the season, Johnston is averaging 41 yard per boot with a long of 61. The three yards he allowed to Jared Abbrederis remain the lone return yards against the Buckeyes all season. 

But the statistics don't end there. Johnston's rate at pinning opponents inside the 20- and 10-yard line is the stuff of All-Americans. 

“If we want to ooh and aah, we can do that any time,” Coombs said. “At the same time, teams that do that have returns that are extreme. We want to cover kicks. We want to split the field and make sure other teams don’t return the ball.”

UPDATE (Nov. 8, 9:40 a.m.): Cameron Johnston has punted just 26 times this season. Still, he's been named one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award.



AJW_16's picture

::opens can of Foster's, chugs, crushes against head, eats entire container of Vegemite::

"Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you." 

RedStorm45's picture

Foster's is in no way Australian, other than the fact that it's marketed to Americans (and Europeans) as such.

DannyBeane's picture

Foster's is the Outback Steakhouse of beer.

Earle's picture

Just because it's not authentic doesn't mean it's not tasty...I'd rather have a Bloomin' Onion and a Foster's than a vegemite sandwich.

Your Noble Savage is a Straw Yeti.

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

How do you define "in no way"? Foster's is and always has been an Australian brand, it just hasn't been a very popular one for almost 30 years.

RedStorm45's picture

It's not sold in Australia.  The end.

Aesculus.'s picture

It is sold in Australia.  Though it's not very popular.  Tooney's or even Budweiser are what locals drink.  Whats true is that it's not owned by the Australians anymore.  Heineken bought it and took it global.  

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

I believe it's actually owned by SAB-Miller and Heineken  owns the rights to market it in Europe.

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Yes it is.
More importantly it's been bottled in Melbourne for more than a century. It's just never been as popular as it's stable-mates VB & Carlton and what little market share it had has vanished since the 70's.
It's like saying that Olympia isn't an American beer because it's almost impossible to find these days.

RedStorm45's picture

Go to any Australian bar, restaurant, or pub and try ordering a Foster's. Let me know if it takes 4 or 5 seconds to be laughed out of said establishment.

RedStorm45's picture

It's also brewed in Britain (the fosters sold in Britain at least).

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Go to any Australian bar, restaurant, or pub and try ordering a Foster's. Let me know if it takes 4 or 5 seconds to be laughed out of said establishment.

So? It's already been established multiple times that Foster's doesn't enjoy much popularity in it's homeland. Coopers is undeniably Australia, but it can be difficult to find outside of SA.
I once had a bartender in Waco, TX tell me that they didn't serve imports when I ordered a Rolling Rock. Is anyone going to seriously contend that Rolling Rock is not an American beer?

It's also brewed in Britain (the fosters sold in Britain at least).

So is the Heineken sold in the UK.
If you buy Becks or Bass Ale in the states, they were bottled in the US. Sapporo sold in America is bottled in Canada. Does that mean Sapporo is a Canadian beer?

CALPOPPY's picture

I tried this but didn't become a better punter. I just gained weight.
False advertising if you ask me.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

sharks's picture

He needs to run another fake for redemption. Guarantee he trucks an unsuspecting cover guy.

That's not a punt, mate: THIS is a punt.

A man got to have a code...

spqr2008's picture

We still need to develop an Aussie centric cheer for the few times we do punt.

Earle's picture

Some good ideas in this thread, and it was fun to revisit it.

Your Noble Savage is a Straw Yeti.

1MechEng's picture

How about "Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi!" - from the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Austrailia?

Urban Nation Army's picture

see below

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

Urban Nation Army's picture

Block O does Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oi Oi Oi! when he comes out

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

baggle's picture

I've been to a couple home games and haven't heard anything from Block O when he comes out. I just yelled "AUSSIE!" with each punt, and nobody in my section picked it up. Which, to be fair, is probably above the heads of the people in my section (seems to mostly be grad students, which is how I've got my tickets). Maybe I just need to listen a bit closer to Block O against Indiana in a couple weeks.

Wilkins78's picture

Did it really cause panic when Townsend didn't commit?  I didn't think is was that big of a deal.  Maybe that's just me.  Stoked that we have Cameron though.  
Is the heading a Usual Suspects reference?  I think it's a Usual Suspects reference.

CALPOPPY's picture

There were people on 11W threads that were panicking. Yeah, I thought it was funny.  Obviously, the worry no longer exists.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

jkrk's picture

Pinned by the glistening ginger, and so forth.

KLF Buckeye's picture

Johnston is very, very good, but it also helps that we don't get stopped deep in our own territory very often.

Grayskullsession's picture

I shall call him the "Tasmanian Devil". One of the fiercest animals in Australia.

"if irony were made of strawberries, we' d all be drinking a lot of smoothies right now."

buck-I.8's picture

Tasmanian devils look like rats with teeth, and are extinct from the Australian mainland 

Hovenaut's picture

In my heart of hearts, I know Coach Tress read this article.

And smiled.

And so forth.

We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

Aesculus.'s picture

Hate to say it, but he does make a good case for freshman MVP.  Sure, Bosa might have something to say about that, but right now I'd put Johnston ahead.

ScarletGray43157's picture

After he graduates he will be punting on Sundays.  Mark it down.  

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

vitaminB's picture

Love The Usual Suspects reference.