Ohio State football coach Ryan Day made sure to acknowledge punter Drue Chrisman in his postgame press conference Saturday following the Buckeyes’ 42-0 rout of Cincinnati.

“I thought he was awesome,” Day said.

The Big Ten also held him in high esteem, naming Chrisman its special teams player of the week on Monday.

Two of Chrisman’s three punts pinned Cincinnati inside the 10-yard line, including one downed at the 1-yard line early in the first quarter.

Chrisman averaged 43 yards per punt.

The first punt, a 38-yarder that was downed by gunner Chris Olave, was particularly important. The Bearcats began their first drive at their 1-yard line, went three and out and were forced to punt from the end zone, handing the Buckeyes’ favorable field position and leading to their first touchdown.

It was the first time Chrisman had received the weekly honor from the conference. The last Ohio State player to be named the Big Ten’s special teams player of the week was former punter Cameron Johnston in 2015.

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