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Buckeye joins elite list

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Columbus, OH – Just eight games and a mere 26 punts into his collegiate football career and Ohio State's Cameron Johnston is one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award, which is awarded to the nation's best punter. The Augusta Sports Council released the names of its 10 semifinalists Friday after receiving 85 nominations from around the country.

The candidates were evaluated on their overall statistics and their contribution to the team. Particular emphasis was placed on the punter's net average, percentage of total punts inside the 20-yard line and percentage of punts not returned.

Johnston, who arrived in the United States from Geelong, Australia, in June, has helped the Buckeyes rank second in the Big Ten in net punting average (40.0). Ohio State is also fifth nationally in opponent punt return average (1.5 yards per return) and Ohio State has allowed the fewest returns nationally – two – and the third-fewest return yards (three).

The 5-11, 190-pound freshman Johnston currently ranks second in the nation in percentage of punts downed inside the 20-yard line (61.5 percent) and he ranks third nationally in percentage of punts downed inside the 10 (26.9 percent). He has also had 15 of his 26 punts fair caught. 

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