What would Tyler Durbin do? How about be the starting kicker for Ohio State in its season opener? The walkon, who recently was put on scholarship, will handle kicking duties for the Buckeyes Saturday against Bowling Green.
Durbin played two seasons of soccer at James Madison and in the spring of 2015 he was at Ohio State as a walk on. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior was given a scholarship after making a 62-yard field goal in practice.
Sean Nuernberger, the Buckeyes’ No. 1 kicker, will miss the opener because of injury. As a freshman in 2014, he made 13 of 20 attempts but lost his job last season to transfer Jack Willoughy. He regained the No. 1 spot late in the season.
Meyer made the announcement about the kicking game while discussing the season opener at his weekly news conference.
He also commented on the suspension of redshirt freshman wide receiver Torrance Gibson. A statement released by the school Monday morning said Gibson has been suspended for the fall semester for violating the school’s student code of conduct.
Meyer said that Gibson’s suspension did not come from the football team, but rather the University, and that he “doesn’t agree with it”. While he doesn’t agree with it, the situation is “not unique and we have dealt with it [before]”