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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State coach Urban Meyer doesnt waste a lot of time thinking about kickers, but even he had to admit that Tyler Durbin is a pretty cool story.A walk-on kicker who played in his first football game at any level last Saturday, Durbin got the start and was perfect converting 11 extra points. He buried half of his dozen kickoffs in the end zone for touchbacks, and even made a tackle. Ohio State named him special teams player of the week.I dont know where the hell he came from, Meyer said this week. And he was only half kidding.Meyer had never met Durbin until the coach saw him booming punts in training camp a few weeks ago, walked over and introduced himself. The former collegiate soccer player kicked a 62-yard field goal in practice and won the starting job after veteran kicker Sean Nuernberger was sidelined with a groin injury.A Virginia native, Durbin, 22, played soccer for two years at James Madison University but left because the school didnt have the civil engineering program he wanted. Thats when he decided to give kicking a football a try.I had thought about trying to kick in high school, but with my soccer schedule I just never found the opportunity, he said.After working with a kicking tutor, Durbin sent tapes to schools that had recognized civil engineering programs as well as top-notch football teams: Ohio State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech. He included Ohio State because his girlfriend-now-wife, Kristin, is from Dayton and comes from a Buckeyes family. Ohio State gave him a shot.Durbins first day on campus was the day Ohio State won the national championship in January 2015, but he didnt get a chance to show what he could do until training camp opened last month.Ive always had a big leg, and it came pretty naturally to me, he said.Now hes the starting kicker for the No. 4 team in the country, and Meyer is raving about the hang time on his booming kickoffs.I dont really know how all this happened, but its been an incredible ride, Durbin said. I went out to dinner with my family and my wifes family (after the game) and we were just talking about it, how surreal it was that I played in a game for the Buckeyes.Durbin didnt get to attempt a field goal yet, but may get a chance before another home crowd of 100,000-plus when Tulsa visits Ohio Stadium Saturday.At least his coach can pick him out of a crowd now.Hes a really good guy, man, Meyer said. I love that kid. His effort is outstanding.TRAINERS ROOMOutside linebacker Chris Worley is questionable for Saturdays game with a knee injury suffered against Bowling Green. Meyer said Joe Burger or Jerome Baker would replace him in the starting lineup.Meyer said wide receiver Corey Smith had a tight hamstring that affected his speed and hampered his performance last week. Smith was one of the few Ohio State receivers who didnt catch a pass as the Buckeyes piled up a school record 776 yards of offense.---Follow Mitch Stacy at http://twitter.com/mitchstacyFor some of his other recent stories: www.collegefootbal.ap.org http://www.saintsrookiestore.com/T-Shirts/ . SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. http://www.saintsrookiestore.com/Saints-Tommylee-Lewis-Jersey/ . After taking two big hits this week -- losing at home and dropping back-to-back games for the first time all season -- Indiana struck back by playing its most complete game of the year. http://www.saintsrookiestore.com/Saints-Alex-Okafor-Jersey/ .Y. - Rob Manfred was promoted Monday to Major League Baseballs chief operating officer, which may make him a candidate to succeed Bud Selig as commissioner. http://www.saintsrookiestore.com/Saints-Marcus-Williams-Jersey/ . Perez, 35, posted a 1-2 record with a 3.69 earned-run average in 19 relief appearances last season. His season ended Aug. 9 due to a torn ligament in his left elbow. Perez joins infielder Andy LaRoche and catcher Mike Nickeas with minor-league agreements for 2014 that include invitations to attend spring training. http://www.saintsrookiestore.com/Saints-Aj-Klein-Jersey/ . -- Team after team passed on Andre Ellington in the draft. ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia running back Nick Chubb is playing against No. 11 Tennessee on Saturday despite a sprained left ankle.Chubb was injured in last weeks 45-14 loss to Ole Miss and missed the second half.Sony Michel started at tailback for the No. 25 Bulldogs, but Chubb entered the game on the second offensive possession and ran for a 3-yard gain.A year ago, Chubb sustained a gruesome, season-ending knee injury against the Volunteers.Tennnessee is going without linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin, who missed most of the last two games with a shoulder injury.dddddddddddd. Early in the week, the Volunteers hoped he would be able to play, but he didnt come along as quickly as expected.Reeves-Maybin is a team captain and Tennessees leading tackler in 2015. 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