Special Teams Coordinator Parker Fleming

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    Parker Fleming is in his second season at Ohio State as a quality control coach for special teams. Last year he helped the Buckeye special teams to national rankings of No. 2 in kickoff return defense, No. 6 in net punting, No. 8 in punt return defense and No. 10 in blocked kicks. The Buckeyes won Big Ten Conference and Rose Bowl championships and finished No. 3 in both major polls.

    This is Fleming’s second position with the Buckeyes, having previously served as a graduate assistant coach during the 2012 and 2013 seasons when Ohio State had its sixth undefeated season in school history (12-0 in 2012) and won 24 consecutive games.

    Fleming served as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Texas State University in 2017. He was promoted to that position after one season following his work as wide receivers and special teams coach.

    Fleming arrived at Texas State from James Madison, where he was the wide receivers coach. During his time with the Dukes, Fleming mentored All-CAA wide receiver Daniel Brown, who is currently a member of the Chicago Bears.

    Fleming spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons working with Ohio State’s offense and special teams. Prior to that, he was at Capital University during the 2011 season and Decatur (Ga.) High School in 2010, coaching the quarterbacks at both stops.

    A native of Atlanta, Ga., Fleming is a 2010 graduate of Presbyterian College with a degree in political science. He played quarterback at Presbyterian from 2007-09.
     
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    PARKER FLEMING
    ON REPLACING KICKERS AND PUNTERS
    • "It's never fun to replace experience"
    • "Due and Blake are really hard to replace."
    • "That's what practice is for."
    • Fleming notes that Jesse Mirko was here for spring practice, and "without that it would have been very difficult.
    ON NOAH RUGGLES' PRACTICE ROUTINES
    • "We're really big on routine."
    • Fleming notes that 20-25 kicks is "way too much" for a day in practice.
    • He kicks fewer field goals in practice later in the week.
    HOW TO DETERMINE A KICKER'S RANGE
    • "It's constantly evolving. Every day it could be different."
    • "We kind of have an idea of the max range he could hit on an indoor with no wind."
    • Fleming said then they add in the other factors.
    ON THE RETURNERS
    • Fleming notes that Emeka Egbuka has taken over the kick return duties.
    • "For the most part, I want it to be aggressive."
    • "Every yard we get matters."
     
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    PARKER FLEMING
    ON CHRIS BOOKER
    • Fleming said he approaches his role “as a job.”
    • Fleming is really impressed with how professional he is every day.
    ON JESSE MIRCO NOT PUNTING
    • Fleming said it’s become a joke on third down that they never punt.
    • “They’re the No. 1 punt return team in the country,” Fleming notes of Michigan State.
    • “They’re dynamic back there.”
    ON KICKOFF COVERAGE.
    • “We have to prepare like they’re taking everyone out.”
    • “We don’t know if they’re going to return it or not.”
    • Fleming notes that sometimes chaos happens, like last week's fumble, and you have to be prepared.
    ON NOAH RUGGLES
    • "He’s a mature guy that takes every day like it’s *the* day"
    • "He approaches every kick like it’s a game-winner
    • Fleming jokes that they don't like to talk about his perfect streak on field goals like it's a pitcher pitching a perfect game in baseball.
    • "Good process leads to good products.”
    ON SPECIAL TEAMS PLAY TRANSLATING TO OTHER AREAS OF THE GAME
    • Fleming notes that special teams play is still “all playing football”
    • "Some of the same techniques shoe up in every aspect."
    • Fleming notes that special teams play can translate to any other position. Every play is playing football.”
     
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    PARKER FLEMING
    Ohio State's special teams coordinator previewed the upcoming kicker competition this spring and discussed how Noah Ruggles handled his missed field goal at the end of the Peach Bowl.

    • On Parker Lewis, Fleming said he’s “a powerful kicker” and “talented.” He said Lewis would be in the mix for the starting kicker job with the departure of Noah Ruggles.
    • On Jayden Fielding, Fleming said his experience kicking off plays a factor in winning a job because “playing in any game in any role is experience.” He backed up Ruggles last season and got actual reps, but cautioned spring reps will be helpful in deciding who the starter could be.
    • Fleming said Noah Ruggles is a “tough dude” and didn’t have to make sure his spirits were up after his missed field goal against Georgia. While he acknowledged the result was “hard,” he mentioned Ruggles is “in a good place.”
     
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