20 Aaron Pettrey

Aaron Pettrey Ohio State
usa United States
Raceland, KY
High School
Past Teams
Ohio State
2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Post-OSU Update: Aaron Pettrey was not selected in the 2010 NFL Draft, but did kick in two NFL games with the Bengals in 2010. He hit 2 of 4 field goal attempts and all five extra points that season. (updated: Jun. 2023)

Major: Sport and Leisure Studies (2008-09), Social and Behavioral Sciences (2007)

Weight: 199 (2008-09), 195 (2007), 184 (2006)

2009 Media Guide: Experienced kicker who provides another capable weapon in the Buckeye arsenal of kickers … team free-throw shooting champion … career long field goal is 54 yards … has a live, accurate leg.

2008: Averaged 62.9 yards per kickoff in 2008 with 13 touchbacks … 54-yard fi eld goal against Youngstown State, the fourth longest in Ohio Stadium history … 49-yard field goal against Purdue … 40-yard field goal at Michigan State … connected on field goals of 41 and 36 points for the Buckeyes’ only
scoring against Penn State … field goals of 51 and 44 yards in the Fiesta Bowl … special teams champion: Penn State, Illinois … special teams dog tags: Youngstown State, Ohio, Purdue,
Illinois … third-year letterman.

2008 Media Guide: Another weapon in the Buckeye arsenal of kickers … walked on in 2005 and made such a favorable impression that he was converted to scholarship at the end of winter quarter 2006 … career long field goal is 51 yards … has a live, accurate leg.

2007: Handled the Buckeyes’ kickoffs in 2007 … hampered by a hip flexor strain during first half of season … second-year letterman.

2007 Media Guide: Second season as the Buckeyes’ starting kicker in 2007 for all placements and kickoffs… career long field goal is 51 yards.

2006: Finished the season 8-of-11 in the field goal department and 55-of-58 on extra-points … made one of his first three field goal attempts, but his only miss after that was a 53-yard attempt vs. Penn State … has converted his last five field goals, including a 51-yarder against Indiana and a 50-yarder at Illinois … none of his 61 kickoffs in the regular season went out of bounds and 35 were not brought out of the end zone … four of his five kickoffs at Texas were touchbacks and he went 5-for-7 in that category vs. Cincinnati and at Iowa … named Ohio State’s special units player of the week three times.

2006 Media Guide: Walked-on last fall and made such a favorable impression that he was converted to scholarship at the end of Winter Quarter … has a live, accurate leg … booted a 59-yard field goal in last spring’s kick scrimmage and hit the cross bar on a 55-yard attempt, so he has plenty of leg … expected to handle the kickoff duties this year, allowing Ryan Pretorius to concentrate on field goals and extra points … recruited by several schools, but wanted to see if he could make it at Ohio State.

2005: Walked on in the fall and was redshirted … converted to grant-in-aid at the end of Winter Quarter.

High School: Played quarterback and handled the kicking and punting duties … set one state record with a 58-yard field goal and set another for career completion percentage by a quarterback … also played basketball and baseball.

Personal: Parents are Steve and Lillian Pettrey … has two younger siblings … likes to relax by going home and spending time with his friends and family … nickname is “Tater” … favorite actress is Jessica Alba … favorite former Buckeye is Josh Huston.


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