17 Ben Buchanan

Ben Buchanan Ohio State
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Westerville, OH
High School
Westerville Central
Past Teams
Ohio State
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Major: Communication (2011), Undeclared (2009-10)

Weight: 190 (2012), 180 (2011), 195 (2010), 200 (2009)

2011: Ben Buchanan was clutch as a punter all throughout the 2011 season … his average was fifth-best in the Big Ten (41.3) and Ohio State ranked fourth in the league in net punting average (37.4) … his 2,889 punting yards for the season ranks fifth all-time at Ohio State … where Ben really starred, though, was in the placement of his kicks … he punted 70 times – the most by a Buckeye in seven years – with not even a third of them able to be returned, and for a mere 5.2 yards-per-return average … he also had 25 of his punts fair caught … he ranked sixth nationally with 27 punts downed inside the 20 and he ranked third nationally with 13 punts downed inside the 10 …also had just three touchbacks.

2010: First season as the Buckeyes’ regular punter … 41.0 average for season … 5 punts of 50+ … 15 inside the 20 … 50-yard average on 3 kicks in Indiana win … special teams player of week: Illinois … academic all-Big Ten … second-year letterman.

2010 Media Guide: Talented specialist who will compete for the punting and place-kicking duties this season.

2009: handled the punting duties at Toledo when Jon Thoma was sidelined with influenza … averaged 42.8 yards on four kicks against the Rockets, with a long boot of 51 … special teams player of week: Toledo … first-year letter-winner.

2008: Redshirted

High School: Rated among the nation’s top specialists … team captain who was a three-time first team all-Ohio pick … OHSAA records for FG (5) and kick scoring (16) in a game, longest FG by a junior (54) and five central Ohio records … central Ohio punting leader with 41-yd average … no punts returned for TD in 30 games … 14-16 on FG as a senior with only misses from 50 yards or beyond … USA Today all-USA, EA Sports All-America and Maxwell Award … U.S. Army All-America and Big 33 all-star games … four years all-district … Columbus Dispatch all-metro and Buckeye BlueChip … all-OCC in baseball … National Honor Society.

Personal: Active with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, “Stand and Deliver” and mission work through his church … son of Dr. Tim and Steli Buchanan.


2009Ohio State100
2010Ohio State1303
2011Ohio State1303


SeasonTeamGGSTklSoloAsstPtPt YdsPunt AvgTBI20Pt Blkd
2009Ohio State10000417142.8000
2010Ohio State13011044180541.03151
2011Ohio State13000070288941.33272