After playing in only three games during the 2018 season for the Oakland Raiders, Ohio State kicking legend Mike Nugent is reportedly heading back to the National Football League, as the New England Patriots are planning to sign the veteran, replacing Stephen Gostkowski.
Patriots plan to go with veteran kicker Mike Nugent, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 3, 2019
After being a two-time All-American with the Buckeyes, Nuuuuuug was drafted in the second round — yes, a kicker was drafted in the second round — by the New York Jets — oh, it was the Jets; that makes sense — in 2005.
Since then, the kicker has played for eight teams, with the Pats becoming his ninth. His longest stint was with the Cincinnati Bengals from 2010-16. In his career, Nugent has hit 253 of his 311 field goal attempts, good for an 81.4 FG percentage. He has also hit 96.3 percent of his extra point attempts as well.
Last month, Nugent was one of the Buckeye greats inducted into the Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame, along with Thad Matta, A.J. Hawk, and others. Nugent remains the Buckeyes’ all-time points leader.
Despite the Pats adding the reliable vet, they are also picking up a younger kicker, potentially looking towards 2031 when Nugent officially retires. That kicker is Younghoe Koo, who is expected to sign with the practice squad.
In addition to signing veteran kicker Mike Nugent to their roster, the Patriots also are expected to sign former Chargers’ kicker Younghoe Koo to their practice squad, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 3, 2019
If Koo’s name sounds familiar, but you can’t figure out why... this is why!