Ohio State football: Blake Haubeil will kick against Purdue, Urban Meyer says

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Blake Haubeil (95) celebrates his 48-yard field goal in the third quarter against Minnesota on Saturday. (Brooke LaValley)

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer said on his radio show Thursday that Blake Haubeil will handle kicking duties against Purdue.

“He’ll get the start on Saturday,” Meyer said on 97.1 The Fan.

Haubeil, a sophomore from Buffalo, was pressed into action last week when Sean Nuernberger was injured late in warmups. The injury is believed to be to Neurnberger’s groin. A similar injury caused him to miss the 2016 season.

“He kicked the last warm-up right before we went in the locker room,” Meyer said. “Those kind of injuries, if you push through it, you might be done for the year.”

Haubeil was perfect on three field goal attempts, including a 47-yarder, and three extra-point kicks.

“We do have a lot of confidence in Blake,” Meyer said. “There's a thump when he hits that thing. What a great kid, too."

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 Meyer did have one criticism of Haubeil – his celebration after his kicks. Meyer said Haubeil pointed index fingers upward afterward. The Buckeyes’ rule is for a scoring player to seek out a lineman with whom to celebrate.

“Hug a big guy,” Meyer said. “You don’t need to wave at the fans. You need to hug a big guy. He got it (good-natured criticism) in front of the team the other day, too.”

Meyer provided a few other injury updates. He said left tackle Thayer Munford (hip) was probable to play Saturday. Munford didn’t practice Wednesday but offensive line coach Greg Studrawa said he hoped Munford would practice Thursday.

The injury status for others remains as Meyer said earlier in the week. Defensive end Jonathon Cooper and linebacker Malik Harrison will play. Defensive tackle Robert Landers is probable. Cornerback Damon Arnette is questionable.


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