Ohio State’s Drue Chrisman signs an uncovered free agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals

For the past five years, Drue Chrisman has made a name for himself in Columbus, Ohio. Not only is the horse chestnut a talented punter, there may not be a college football player who has been better at bottle flipping in his career.

Fortunately, Chrisman was also good at turning the field around for the state of Ohio. While Chrisman wasn’t selected in the 2021 NFL Draft, the punter signed a deal with his hometown team, the Cincinnati Bengals.

I’m out of Cincinnati LaSalle High School in Chrisman was a three-star candidate and the best player in the country in the 2016 Recruiting Class by 247Sports Composite. He had offers from programs across the country, including UCLA, Kentucky, BYU, and Florida State, but in May 2015 he committed himself to the Buckeyes.

With Cameron Johnston on the roster in 2016, Chrisman redshirted his first year with Scarlet and Gray. Johnston graduated and moved to the NFL after the season. Chrisman took on the punting duties as a Redshirt novice and remained the starter for the next four years.

For his career, Chrisman averaged 44 yards per punt, the fourth best in Ohio state history. Chrisman was a two-time Ray Guy Award semi-finalist and an All-Big Ten performer on the third team in 2018.

Here’s more about Chrisman from his Ohio State Biography:

• Graduated with a degree in Financial Services for Consumers and Families
• Four-time winner of the All-Big Ten Academic Conference
• Three-time All-Big Ten Conference Award Winner, including the All-Conference Second Team Award in 2020
• Two-time semi-finalist for the Ray Guy Award
• Married member of the team in 2020 only
• Average personal best of 45.0 yards per punt in 2020
• Average of 44.0 yards per punt during his career to finish fourth in school history
• 185 career points for 8,145 yards with a length of 74
• 83 punts within the opponent’s 20
• Relived his high school quarterback days by completing a 21-yard pass for a false punt in the second quarter of the 2019 Big Ten Championship game against Wisconsin
• The US state of Ohio was ranked number 1 in the Big Ten in net punting in 2018 with an average of 41.6 meters. This was a sixth best number nationwide
• Received the Ray Guy National Punter of the Week award after winning an average of 47.9 yards to nine punts in the Penn From Behind win at Penn State
• Did even better in the Michigan state win dropping all five punts in his second half within the 6-yard line of Spartan and 26 straight to nine points in the one-foot Frost fistfight led -6
• In the 2018 season, 29 punts landed within the 20, the second most frequent in school history
• 15 of his 27 punts last season were knocked out within the 10
• In 2017, a Red Shirt freshman, he was a Ray Guy Award semi-finalist and the All-Big Ten punter of the third team after averaging 44.2 yards per punt to finish second at the Big Ten conference and ranked 14th nationwide
• Hit 25 punts within the 20, 15 over 50 yards
• His net average of 41.1 helped the Buckeyes lead the Big Ten and rank ninth nationwide
• He has not had a game averaging less than 45 yards per punt for the last five games of the season (all wins), and it included a personal best of 48.5 yards against Michigan State

honors and awards
2020: Second Team Preseason All-American by Chris Sailer Kicking
Academic All-Big Ten and OSU Scholar athlete
2019:
Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (coach and media)
Academic All-Big Ten and OSU Scholar athlete
2018: Third Team All-Big Ten (coach and media)
Ray Guy semi-finalist
Academic All-Big Ten and OSU Scholar athlete
2017:
Ray Guy semi-finalist
Academic All-Big Ten and OSU Scholar athlete

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