Ohio State was looking at the real possibility of not having a legit punter for its 2013 football team. The graduation of Ben Buchanan was compounded by a last minute flip by Johnny Townsend from the Buckeyes to the Gators on National Letter of Intent Day. Thus, Urban Meyer's staff made an eleventh hour addition to its football roster when it offered Cameron Johnston a scholarship. Johnston is a former Australian Rules Football player who was training in his native Australia to become an American Rules Football (for lack of better juxtaposition) punter.
He was actually working under the assumption he would be in the United States this time next year to punt for Alabama. Nick Saban could not offer a scholarship for this season, but was waiting to give him one for 2014. Urban Meyer got wind of him before then, clearly needing a punter, and sent him a scholarship. Johnston immediately accepted. He was on, for all intents and purposes, the next flight from his native Australia to Los Angeles, and en route to Columbus, Ohio shortly thereafter. It's a neat story of packing bags and moving to the next great career opportunity, all on the fly.
As such, maybe Cameron Johnston didn't have enough time to brace for the American experience. While tweeting a picture of him practicing his craft in Ohio Stadium to his new Ohio State fans and friends back home in Aussieland, he forgot to spellcheck his words before hitting "send". At least, he forgot to convert it from his native English to American English.
Notice "practise". That's the kind of spelling of "practice" that you wash down with some tea and crumpets, or the Australian equivalent thereof. That's not to dog on Johnston. The only reason I noticed it was because all my learning aides from my youth were in British English, and I was using that spelling even through college. I just found it humorous.
Eventually, Cameron Johnston will learn what it's like to speak and think in American English (or: 'Merican). Instead of taking a snap from "centre", you take it from "center". You don't come on the field when the "offence" has failed to pick up ten yards and a first down, or, well, 9.144 meters in his native tongue. And, when ordering food in the United States, you don't say "customise", you say "Biggie size, with a coke". Let Freedom Ring. USA #1.
In all seriousness, Johnston is an exciting addition to the football team because of his background and the sterling recommendation his coaches in Australia gave him before coming stateside. He's also endearing on Twitter and, surprisingly, has just shy of 500 followers. I think Buckeye Nation can do better to show @Cam_Johnston some support as we look forward to this season.
Who knows. By season's end, he might be your "favourite" player.
Okay. I'll show myself out now...