COLUMBUS, Ohio – Parker Lewis has been cleared to play by the NCAA, a team source confirmed to cleveland.com. Ohio State Football First four games as a transfer from USC.
In his first two years at USC, Lewis made 26 of his 35 field goal attempts and hit one of his 47 extra points. He showed up in Columbus expecting to battle with Noah Ruggles for the starting job, but spent most of the summer unclear whether he would even be eligible this season. Heading into fall camp, the Buckeyes have the answer.
He will have three years of eligibility remaining. This is the second straight year Ohio State has brought in a transfer who had to wait a few weeks into the season to find out his eligibility. Linebacker Palai Gaoteote IV was not cleared for the 2021 season a day before Oregon’s loss.
Whether or not Lewis is eligible this season, Ruggles did enough to establish himself as a starter last season. He made all but one of his 21 attempts — including the game-winner against Utah in the Rose Bowl — en route to All-American status. Also, Jake Seibert, who arrived from North Carolina via the transfer portal following the departure of Blake Haubeil, is already on the roster.
So far this season, Ruggles has made two of his three field goal attempts and all 27 of his extra point attempts.
Ohio State now has three scholarship kickers in 2022, though Seibert is repeating at cornerback this season due to a lack of depth in the class at times.
Lewis, who has been handling starts this season, also has freshman Jayden Fielding in his role to take over. Through four games, the Buckeyes are 12th in the Big Ten in average punting distance and 11th in touchdown percentage. Lewis finished second in the Pac-12 in touchdowns last season.
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