Ohio State fifth-year senior kicker Noah Ruggles announced on Friday he will take advantage of the extra year of eligibility granted to all student-athletes amid the pandemic and return to the Buckeyes in 2022, confirming what a team spokesman told BuckeyesNow earlier this week.
"Just want to thank Buckeye Nation for supporting me and making Columbus feel like home," Ruggles said in a note posted to Twitter. "After long discussion and thought with my family, I have decided to declare for (next year's) draft. Run it back!"
Ruggles, who joined the program last offseason as a graduate transfer from North Carolina, converted 20-of-21 field goals and all 74 of his extra point attempts this season. That includes the game-winning 19-yard kick in the Rose Bowl against Utah.
Ruggles was named first-team All-American by ESPN, second-team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, second-team All-Big Ten and finalist for the Lou Groza Award, which is given annually to the nation’s best placekicker.
With Ruggles putting off the NFL for another year, Ohio State will return all three starting specialists next season, as long snapper Bradley Robinson announced he’ll be back for a seventh season while punter Jesse Mirco will only be a sophomore.
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