Oct 17, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes punterCameron Johnston
(95) holds the ball for a point after attempt against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won the game 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports
Michigan is one of the best field-position teams in the country. Their remarkable 9-2 season has a lot to do with where the Wolverines begin possessions.
Fortunately for the Buckeyes, Ohio State has a weapon to combat this problem: Cameron Johnston.
In 54 punts this season, Johnston is averaging 43.9 yards per kick. He’s tallied 6 touchbacks, 20 fair catches, 20 punts inside the 20. He’s helped the Buckeyes rank No. 2 in defensive field position.
Against Michigan State, Johnson recorded punts of 53, 49, 48, and 41 yards.
Buckeye fans may not want to hear it, but the Wolverines defensive unit is having a terrific season, led by senior linebacker Joe Bolden and sophomore star safety Jabrill Peppers. The way the Ohio State offense is going, there may be several drives that stall in Ohio State territory, and it will be up to Johnson to flip the field on the Wolverines.
It’s not the most glamours position on the field, but when you really need a player such as Johnston, you find out how valuable he can be when your offense struggles.
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