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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Draft Preview: Josh Jasper

Among the kickers eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Louisiana State's Josh Jasper. He ranks in the top five in the majority of the various draft rankings.

Excerpts from Jasper's profile page on the Tigers' website:
2010 Senior Season
  • Capped his four years at LSU as the most accurate kicker in school history
  • Earned Consensus All-America honors after leading the nation in field goals
  • Set the LSU single-season record for field goals with 28, breaking the previous mark of 26 held by Colt David in 2007
  • Set the LSU single-game record with five field goals in win over Mississippi State ... 
  • Kicked three field goals of 50-yards or better, including a career-long of 53 vs. Louisiana-Monroe ... 
  • Had 51-yard field goal vs. Mississippi State and a 50-yarder vs. Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl, which was the kick that broke the single-season school record
  • Named the Lou Groza Award "Star of the Week" for the second-straight week after he nailed all three field goals versus UL-Monroe, including the career-long of 53 yards
  • For the second straight year, was named as the permanent team captain for special teams
2009 Junior Season
  • Handled PAT, field goal and kickoff duties for the Tigers, while also serving as LSU's pooch punter
  • As LSU's pooch punter, kicked 12 times for a 38.7 average
  • Had 10 of his 15 punts downed inside the 20-yard line, including two that were downed on the 1-yard line at Alabama
  • Averaged a career-best 61.6 yards per kickoff for the year
  • Tied a school-record with four field goals against the Razorbacks, which included a 41-yarder with four seconds left that sent the game into overtime ... Kicked what proved to be the game-winner in overtime with a 36-yarder
2008 Sophomore Season
  • The kickoff specialist for the Tigers as a sophomore in 2008
  • Kicked field goals of 33 and 21 yards against Appalachian State ... Field goals were the first of his career as he filled in for an injured Colt David in the opener
  • Rushed for seven yards on a successful fake punt in the third quarter against Georgia
2007 Freshman Season
  • Shared the Tigers' kickoff duties as a true freshman with Andrew Crutchfield and Sean Gaudet
High School
  • Four-year letterwinner in both football and soccer Ridgeway High School
  • Rated as the 12th-best kicker in the nation as a senior by Scout.com
  • Finished his prep career with a Tennessee state record 44 field goals
  • Career long field goal of 54 yards
  • Twice named Class 5A first-team all-state honors

2010: 28 of 34 (82.4%) FGs; 36 of 37 PATs; 120 points
2009: 17 of 20 (85.0%) FGs; 34 of 34 PATs; 85 points
2008: 2 of 2 (100.0%) FGs; 5 of 5 PATs; 11 points

Midway through his senior senior, Jasper looked back over his kicking career to date:
"I played soccer my whole life. I started playing when I was about three. Then, when I got to middle school I wanted to play football. I kicked for them, obviously, but they also needed some other personnel to play on offense. That pretty much led to where I am today....
I had a bunch of different offers, but when I came here [LSU], I liked the atmosphere of the stadium. The stadium was really what won me over. I liked the environment on game day, and I was really impressed with the training facilities....
I just go out and think of it more as a job, putting points on the board and giving the best field position for this defense. I think of it more as helping out the team, and if it leads to something then that's great. My first goal is to help the team out, and it's worked pretty well so far."

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