Ohio State Buckeyes Add Buffalo Bulls Punter Transfer Tony Venneri

The Ohio State Buckeyes only have one scholarship punter on the roster, but there will be competition this season.

On Saturday, punter transfer Tony Venneri – who last played for the Buffalo Bulls – announced his commitment to the Buckeyes.

Anthony Tony Venneri

Venneri finished 30th in the FBS in punting average with 43.96 yards per punt. That’s a school record in Buffalo and one spot better than last year’s Ohio State punter Jesse Mirco, who averaged 43.67 yards per punt. Mirco has since transferred to Vanderbilt.

The 6-0, 225-pound Venneri has two seasons of eligibility remaining for the Buckeyes and will compete with a pair of Australians for the starting job.

Redshirt freshman Joe McGuire and incoming freshman Nick McLarty are both from Australia and will compete with Venneri for the punting job. Although McLarty is the only scholarship punter on the roster, neither he nor McGuire have ever played a collegiate game, giving Venneri the edge of experience.

Venneri earned Freshman All-American honors from the Football Writers Association of America in 2022 and hopes to continue his collegiate career in Columbus.

The Buckeyes enter a season with high expectations. A retooled quarterback roster that includes Kansas State transfer Will Howard and a defense one analyst calls “historic” could put Ohio State in prime position for another appearance in the College Football Playoff.