Johnston in Running for Guy Award
By Rob Ogden
Photo by Jim Davidson
Ohio State freshman punter Cameron Johnston was announced Friday as one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award, given annually to the nation's most outstanding punter.
Johnston, a Geelong, Australia native, ranks second in the Big Ten with a net average of 40 yards per punt and fifth nationally with an opponent return average of 1.5 yards per return.
Johnston has punted 26 times this season and leads the nation with the fewest returns (2). He also ranks third nationally in total return yards (three).
He ranks second in the nation with 61.5 percent of his punts being downed inside the 20-yard line. Additionally, 26.9 percent of his punts have been down inside the 10, which ranks third in the country.
During the Buckeyes' 31-24 win over Wisconsin on Sept. 28, Johnston punted six times, with five of his attempts being downed inside the 10-yard line and the other downed inside the 20.
He was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance.
Other semifinalists for the award include Michigan State's Mike Sadler and Purdue's Cody Webster.
Sadler leads the nation in both punts downed inside the 20-yard line as well as the 10.
B.J. Sander, who won the award in 2003, is the only previous Buckeye to win the award since its inception in 2000.
Three finalists for the award will be announced Nov. 25 and a winner will be named Dec. 12 during the College Football Awards Show.
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