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Jim Knowles is in his bag, having a kicker switch positions on his Ohio State football defense.

After hardly playing at all the last two seasons, Ohio State football kicker Jake Seibert is looking to emerge as a cornerback on Jim Knowles’ first Buckeyes defense.

“He wanted to kind of bring some different value,” said Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day to Joey Kaufman of The Columbus Dispatch about Seibert.

“He’s still going to work on kicking and do that part of it, but he’s also going to be able to help us at other positions.”

Seibert played cornerback and wide receiver in high school in his native Cincinnati. To date, his most notable playing time as a kicker at Ohio State came in the national championship game vs. Alabama in 2020 when starter Blake Haubeil was rule out for the title bout after having tested positive for COVID. Seibert did not attempt a single field goal for the Buckeyes last college season.

This may be a way of extracting further value on the roster, but this position switch is an odd one.

Ohio State football: Jim Knowles has a kicker switching to cornerback for defense

Though Seibert will continue to work with the kickers in at least some capacity, he may be better served as some much-needed depth in the Ohio State secondary. Last year’s kicker Noah Ruggles was not with the Buckeyes “during spring practice for personal reasons, but returned at the end of the semester.” Ohio State is also waiting for former USC kicker Parker Lewis to be deemed eligible.

Kaufman pointed out the Buckeyes are especially thin at cornerback, as they only have six players on scholarship at that particular position group. With the likes of Sevyn Banks, Lejond Cavazos and Ryan Watts having all transferred this offseason, Ohio State could use a kicker playing some cornerback more than you could realize. Seibert is listed at both positions entering fall camp.

Ultimately, Ohio State will only go as far as Knowles’ defense will take them. The offense may be incendiary, but if the defense cannot stop a nosebleed, Ohio State will probably not win every shootout it finds itself in. With this being a national title or bust-type of season for the Buckeyes, so much pressure is on Day, Knowles and the rest of the Ohio State defense to get this thing right.

It may be very Big 12 to move a kicker to cornerback, but the Buckeyes have a Big Ten title to win.

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Ohio Governor Announces $5 Million in Security Grants for Higher Education

Thirty-three higher-education institutions across the Buckeye State will get $5 million in total for safety-related enhancements, Governor Mike DeWine (R-OH) announced this week. 

The allocations from the state’s 2022 Campus Safety Program will largely fund equipment such as metal detectors, alarms, loudspeakers, security cameras and lock technology. Schools getting the largest amounts include the University of Akron ($422,630), Kent State University ($387,567), Terra State Community College ($338,598), Bowling Green State University ($278.075.63) and Washington State Community College ($226,345.90). 

“These funds will go directly toward helping our institutions of higher education become more secure,” DeWine said in a statement. “The importance of campus safety cannot be overstated, and Ohio is committed to supporting efforts that keep our colleges and universities safe.”

Campus security has become a heightened concern in light of crime statistics worsening since 2020, both nationally and in many Ohio locales. A recent rise in criminal activity around the Ohio State University in Columbus spurred that institution to implement watch patrols around school property, place new mobile lighting near residence halls and take other new precautions. 

A report the university commissioned last winter concluded that the security enhancements were largely worthwhile. Ohio State’s ongoing safety efforts will get $174,257.25 from the Campus Safety Grant Program. 

Officials from the Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Ohio Department of Education determined the amount each college would receive after reviewing their grant applications, which each school submitted after evaluating its security strengths and weaknesses. An equal sum of state funds was distributed under the program last year.

“Part of preparing students for future success is ensuring they feel safe on their campuses,” state Department of Education Chancellor Randy Gardner said. “Through these grants, the DeWine-Husted Administration continues to focus on helping our colleges and universities provide for the safest learning environments possible.”

The new grants for higher education come as part of a broader endeavor on DeWine’s part to fund school-security systems. His Ohio K-12 School Safety Grant Program began distributing $47 million to 1,183 public schools across the state in August. A similar program for nonpublic schools allotted $6 million last month. 

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Bradley Vasoli is managing editor of The Ohio Star. Follow Brad on Twitter at @BVasoli. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Mike DeWine” by Mike DeWine. 

 

 

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