March 27, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State punter Ben Buchanan, a graduate student from Westerville, Ohio, is one of five outstanding male student-athletes at Ohio State who has been named a finalist for the prestigious Jesse Owens Medal of Honor. The award is given annually at each Big Ten Conference member institution to the male and female student-athletes in the graduating class who have attained the greatest proficiency in both academics and athletics.
Other Buckeye finalists for the men's medal are wrestler C.J. Magrum, tennis player Devin McCarthy, fencer Max Stearns and volleyball player John Tholen. Women's finalists are soccer player Tiffany Cameran, fencer Katarzyna Dabrowa, softball player Alicia Herron, volleyball player Mari Hole and synchronized swimmer Caitlin Stewart. The winners will be announced Monday evening at the OSU Scholar-Athlete banquet.
Buchanan, a four-year football letterman, finished his Ohio State career ranking fourth all-time in school history in punts (177) and yards (7,286), and his 41.2 career average ranked eighth in school history. His career totals also include 58 punts downed inside the 20 and 68 fair caught.
As a junior in 2011 he ranked sixth nationally with 27 punts downed inside the 20 and he ranked third nationally with 13 punts downed inside the 10.
Buchanan was an achiever off the field as well. A four-time Academic All-Big Ten Conference honoree and OSU Scholar-Athlete, Buchanan has his bachelor's degree in strategic communications and he is now pursuing a master's degree in sports administration.
He was a two-time finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy, which is presented to the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. He was a member of Ohio State's student-athlete advisory board. His many community service projects include three medical missions to Honduras, Central America, including his most recent after his freshman year at Ohio State (summer of 2009). He spent his senior year spring break (March 2012) working for the Collier County (Florida) Habitat for Humanity building houses for the underprivileged.