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 Kyle Clinton.
Kyle Clinton is the weather vane of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Clinton is the back up to kicker Drew Basil who is well………….THE KICKER. So if you get to see Clinton kicking in 2013 it will be because things are going really good or Drew Basil has been injured.
Clinton graduated Dublin Coffman High School where as a Shamrock he had a very successful career. In 2009 he was selected all state by the Associated Press for Division I. He was also 1st team for the Capitol Conference as a senior. He was a team captain for ‘The Rocks’ . He also wrestled for a year and played lacrosse.
Clinton graduated high school in 2010 and played his first year of college football at Ohio University in nearby Athens.
Clinton handled kickoffs for the Bobcats in 2010. He kicked off 67 times and averaged 63.5 yards per kickoff. He was able to keep them straight, only putting one out of bounds. Distance wasn’t huge as he only had 3 touchbacks the entire year. His average yards put him in the endzone but not usually deep enough to prevent a return.
Ohio University had a successful kicker named Matt Weller, who was doing the field goal work, so in the fall of 2011 Clinton transferred to The Ohio State University.
In January of 2012, Clinton walked on to the football team. He did not appear in the spring game. There were no kickoffs and Drew Basil handled the field goal duties.
This is young man that won’t get a chance to play this year unless Drew Basil has an injury. This young man is as yet an unproven commodity. The leg appears to be strong but not dominant. Accuracy is the thing that those outside of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center do not have information on. Looking at the depth chart, this young man could be a contributor in 2014. I hope he will keep working and do just that.
In this age of 4 star monsters and 5 star beasts it is kind of refreshing to see a kid get a chance to be there. It would not be completely ‘Rudy’-esque for this young man to see the field, but it would sure feel that way.