Ohio State Punter Drue Chrisman Named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week for Performance Against Cincinnati

By Dan Hope on September 9, 2019 at 10:55 am
Drue Chrisman

After downing two of his three punts inside the 10-yard line in Ohio State's 42-0 win over Cincinnati on Saturday, redshirt junior punter Drue Chrisman has been named the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week for the first time in his career.

Chrisman helped Ohio State control the field-position battle from the beginning of Saturday's game, downing a punt at the 1-yard line after the Buckeyes' first drive of the game was stalled by a holding penalty against Jonah Jackson. The Cincinnati native's second punt of the game was downed at the 8-yard line (and pinned the Bearcats at the 4-yard line thanks to a holding penalty). Chrisman's third and final punt of the game went 45 yards into the end zone for a touchback.

For the season as a whole, Chrisman has placed four of his seven punts this year inside the opponent's 13-yard line and has averaged 43.4 yards per punt.

Saturday wasn't the first time that Chrisman delivered an award-worthy performance – most notably, Chrisman downed five punts inside the 6-yard line in Ohio State's 26-6 win over Michigan State last season – but Monday was the first time that his efforts were officially recognized with Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

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