As we have discussed in detail over the past few weeks, the kicking game at Ohio State has been emphasized throughout spring practice and likely will continue into summer and fall. While Drew Basil has a firm grasp on the kicking job, Buckeye fans won’t soon forget the 2009-2010 season in which then starting kicker Aaron Pettrey suffered a knee injury that forced walk-on Devin Barclay into immediate action. Buckeye fans will also never forget Barclay’s name, as he hit the game winning field goal in overtime against Iowa to clinch the Big Ten title and Rose Bowl appearance that same year. So while Basil is our starter, who might be the next unsung hero? Russell Doup.
As a senior in high school Russell Doup was a two sport athlete, excelling at both basketball and baseball for the Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets. He had aspirations of continuing in soccer; however a rib injury earlier in his high school career had prevented him from doing so. After the Yellow Jackets starting kicker suffered a season ending injury, Doup was approached by friends to step in as the kicker for the remainder of his senior season. Doup shined as the Yellow Jackets starting kicker and while basketball and baseball were possible college sport destinations, Doup and his family decided football was the way to go. Doup and his family made a brief training video of Russell kicking and sent in out to MAC schools as well as Ashland. Shortly after sending the video out, the Doup’s decided to take a chance and go for it all. They proceeded to send the video to Penn State, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame and yes, Ohio State. Doup accepted a walk-on spot at THE Ohio State University in the fall of 2010 and red-shirted that same year.
Now entering his junior season at Ohio State, Doup is listed at 6-2 195. For reasons unknown, Doup is listed in the 2013 Ohio State Spring Media Guide as a safety. This has not been and does not appear to be the case. Doup has yet to appear in a game for the Buckeyes, however he did make a brief appearance in the 2011 Spring Game in which he attempted and converted an extra point. According to his official player profile on the Ohio State athletics website found here, his last name is pronounced “like “wow” with a “d” and a “p” and not like soup…” If put into a Barclay-like situation, Buckeye fans might just be saying ‘wow’ watching Doup.
(HS bio info attained from 2010 article by Fred Main. Article can be found here.)