Thursday, December 20, 2012
LSU's Brad Wing suspended for bowl game
By Edward Aschoff
LSU will be without one of its most recognizable players when the Tigers take on Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31.
The school announced on Thursday that redshirt sophomore punter Brad Wing has been suspended for LSU's bowl game after he violated team rules. Specifics weren't given about what Wing did to earn his suspension.
The Melbourne, Australia, native has been one of the nation's best punters over the past two seasons, and averaged 44.8 yards on 59 punts for the Tigers this year. Freshman Jamie Keehn of Miners Rest, Australia, will replace Wing. Keehn has averaged 41 yards on three punts this year and has a long of 51 yards.
Wing already missed the opener this season with what coach Les Miles said was a hamstring injury.
While Wing hasn't been as dominant booting the ball this year like he was last year, he still has the ability to change a game with his leg. He has tremendous power and accuracy and has gotten the Tigers out of plenty of jams over the past two years by blasting the ball deep into opposing teams' territory. When the Tigers have needed to completely change the field position game, Wing has been there countless times.
He has a long punt of 69 yards this year, has punted 21 inside opponents' 20-yard line and has 19 punts of 50 or more yards this season.
It's unusual for kickers or punters to leave early for the NFL draft, but with Wing being draft eligible, it wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility that he would heavily consider leaving school early. He's more than proved what he can do when the ball touches his foot and there has been word that he's at least contemplating it.