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.


SeasonTeamGGSRush AttRush YdsRush TDTB
2009Ohio State100000
2010Ohio State1300003
2011Ohio State1300003
2012Ohio State1201604


SeasonTeamGGSTklSoloAsstPtPt YdsPunt AvgTBI20Pt Blkd
2009Ohio State10000417142.8000
2010Ohio State13011044180541.03151
2011Ohio State13000070288941.33272
2012Ohio State12011059242141.04161