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Monday, April 15, 2013

Draft Preview: Brad Wing

Among the punters eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is LSU's Brad Wing. He ranks in the top five in the majority of the various draft rankings.

Excerpts from Wings's profile page on the Tigers' website:

2012 Sophomore Season
  • Opted to forgo his final two years at LSU and entered the NFL Draft
  • 44.6 career average ranks first in school history
  • 48 of his 118 career punts were downed inside the 20-yard line and 39 punt traveled 50 yards or more
  • Second Team All-American (Scout.com)
  • The 44.8 yards ranked fourth in the SEC and marked the third-highest single-season total in LSU history
  • Set a career high with a 54.3-yard average on three punts against Washington, placing one inside the 20 with a long of 62
2011 Freshman Season
  • First-Team All-American (AP, CBSsports.com, FoxSportsNext.com, SI.com)
  • Freshman All-American (CBSsports.com, Sporting News)
  • First-Team All-Southeastern Conference (AP), Second-Team (Coaches)
  • 2011 Ray Guy Award Semifinalist
  • Boomed a season-long 73-yard punt at Alabama that ranks as the third-longest punt in school history
  • Punted eight times for an outstanding 50.4-yard average with two punts inside the 20, a long of 67 and six punts of 50 or more yards against Georgia in the SEC Championship Game
  • Became the first player in college football to have a touchdown negated because of an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty when he was called for taunting during a 44-yard run on a fake punt against Florida
  • Named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week after an extremely effective performance at West Virginia where he kicked all six of his punts inside the 20, averaging 48.7 yards per punt with a long of 60
High School
  • played only one season of football after moving from Melbourne, Australia
  • Lettered at Parkview Baptist in Baton Rouge
  • Ranked the No. 5 kicker in the nation by Rivals.com
  • Averaged 41.8 yards per punt his senior year ... Net punting average was 41.5 yards, aided by an average hang-time of nearly 5 seconds
  • Class 3A first-team all-state selection in 2009
  • Boomed a season-best 73-yard punt from his own end zone against Acadiana


College Stats:
2012: 59 punts, 44.8 yard average, long of 69 yards
2011: 59 punts, 44.4 yard average, long of 73 yards

At LSU's Pro Day earlier this moth, Brad discussed leaving LSU and hoping to land in the NFL:
“I think there’s an element of closure, but not in a negative way,” Wing said. “It’s kind of bittersweet. It’s great being here. Everybody doesn’t get to participate in a pro day. I had a great career here and made friendships I’ll have for a lifetime, but it’s a bit sad to be leaving....

[I expect to] go to camp and try and win a job. If I kick it farther and higher, that should be enough.”

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