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Nugent Talks About the Scandal at Ohio State

During last week’s Marvin Lewis Golf Classic, Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer caught up with Bengals kicker Mike Nugent and asked the Ohio State alum about head coach Jim Tressel.

“I have so much respect for him it’s unbelievable,” Nugent said. “I hate seeing anything bad. When I was there he’s one of those people that’s so by the book. Someone gave him a tie and there was some kind of kicking connection which he got my sophomore year and he held on to it for three years because he said ‘I’m not allowed to give you anything like that.’

“That’s how strict he is with the rules.”

Nugent connected on 72-of-88 field goal attempts during his four-year career with the Buckeyes, winning the 2004 Lou Groza Award and earning first-team All-American honors as a senior. The New York Jets used the 47th overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft on Nugent, making him just the third kicker to be chosen in the first two of the rounds of the draft since 1992.

In six NFL seasons with the Jets (2005-08), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2009), Arizona Cardinals (2009), and Bengals, Nugent is 94-of-119 (79%) on field goal attempts with 21 career touchbacks.

The Bengals have Nugent signed through the 2011 season.

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