Ohio State senior placekicker Blake Haubeil will not participate in Monday's night's College Football Playoff championship game against Alabama after testing positive for COVID-19.
Haubeil, who has made five of his seven field-goal attempts this season, announced his status on social media. He said he has not seen family members in four months in an attempt to avoid the virus, and claims to have not violated team safety protocols in recent days.
"Football isn't just something I do, it's a part of who I am," Haubeil wrote in an Instagram post. "Knowing I have so much more to give, and not having the opportunity to do so tonight, is one of the most gut-wrenching feelings I've ever experienced."
In addition to his five field goals, Haubeil has made all 24 of his extra-point attempts this season, including all seven in the semifinal victory over Clemson. He has made 28 field goals in his Ohio State career on 35 attempts and has made all 146 of his PAT attempts over the last three seasons.
Freshman kicker Jake Seibert, who was ESPN's fourth-ranked player at his position in the 2020 recruiting class, is expected to handle the kicking duties. Seibert missed his only field-goal attempt of the season.
--Field Level Media