Cameron Johnston doesn’t punt often, but when he does, he’s one of the best in the country.
On Friday, the Ohio State punter was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award, the top honor for a college punter.
Johnston, a senior from Geelong, Australia, ranks fourth nationally with a 47.5-yard average despite being tied for fewest punts. He’s leading the Big Ten in punting average by more than five yards per attempt.
No other Big Ten punters are in contention for the Ray Guy Award.
Johnston was named the Ray Guy Award Punter of the Week after Ohio State’s 45-24 win over Oklahoma in September when he averaged 50.6 yards per attempt with all five being downed inside the Sooners’ 20-yard line.
Last Saturday, to the disappointment of nine Australian friends who flew to the United States to watch him play, Johnston didn’t see the field in the Buckeyes’ 62-3 win over Nebraska.
Even so, he is on the verge of making history. Johnston is on the cusp of breaking Tom Tupa’s single-season team record of 47.1 yards per punt, which was set in 1984. He’s also one-tenth of a yard behind Andy Groom’s career average of 45.0.