Over the summer, Buckeye Empire will be bringing you an in-depth position by position breakdown and highlight the young men that will be pursuing perfection and the hopes and dreams of hoisting the crystal ball in Pasadena this coming January. We continue our series with Special Teams and backup punter/kicker, Tim Scott.
Tim Scott is currently a walk-on punter and kicker for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Trailing Drew Basil and Jake Russell for the starting punter position, Scott is a long-shot to see the field this season. Nevertheless, we are here to tell you the story of one of the most interesting and mysterious players on the Ohio State roster.
Tim Scott was born on April 28, 1992 to Tim and Connie Scott. Tim was tremendously athletic from birth and it was evident as he entered Norton High School in Norton, Ohio.
Scott earned 14 total varsity letters in high school, a feat that only the most athletic high school athletes would dream to accomplish. He won four varisty letters as a member of the track, cross country, and soccer teams. It wasn’t until his junior year that he earned his first varsity letter as a member of the football team, and would go on to win one more as a senior. As legend would have it, Scott went on to be a first team All-Conference selection for football in his senior year at Norton, adding to his two All-Conference selections in soccer and two All-Conference selections in track.
Scott’s journey to Ohio State was a long and winding one. While the official Ohio State profile has Scott as a freshman, that does not seem to be the case.
Scott started his college kicking career at Boise State, the seeming Cinderella of almost every college football season. As he was unhappy with the amount of playing time he received and the school itself, Scott set out to transfer. His first transfer landed him at Mount Union, the dominant Division III football program located in Alliance, Ohio. Scott was not as far down on the depth chart in Alliance, and saw the field for a few kicks late in blowouts. Scott’s time at the Mount was brief, as he only stayed a season, and he transferred again.
This time, Scott had his heart set on becoming an Ohio State Buckeye. Realizing their need for punters and kickers, Scott became a walk-on at Ohio State in the fall of 2012. The rest is history.
Scott didn’t see any action on the field in his first season as a Buckeye, but helped to better prepare the Buckeyes in the punting department.
This upcoming season, while Scott is buried on the depth chart, Ohio State is in need of a solid punter. If Drew Basil can’t figure it out, and Jake Russell isn’t the answer, look for Scott to come in and punt for the Buckeyes.
Some interesting notes on Scott:
The Mount Union profile lists Scott as 6’0 and 150 pounds. Ohio State lists Scott as 5’10 and 185 pounds. That is a two inch, 35 pound discrepancy between the two profiles. In seeing Scott numerous times around campus, the Ohio State profile seems much more accurate than the Mount Union profile. Scott has definitely seen tremendous benefit from strength coach Mick Marotti’s grueling strength program.
In watching Scott practice at the Ohio State Student Day, Scott had the best leg out of any of the punters. The ball was booming off of his foot and even sailing into the crowd at times. He seemed to have the longest motion, but was kicking the ball much further than the other punters.
Playing basketball with Scott on an occassion, he is just as athletic as he appears to be, and maybe even more so. Although he is only 5’10, he can nearly dunk and is incredibly fast. To his fellow classmates, he looked like a wide receiver. Many were shocked to know that he is a punter rather than a Wes Welker-like slot receiver.