Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the LSU Tigers.
8/21/13 kicking update:
"Head football coach Les Miles appears to have settled on a kicker. 'I think Delahoussaye is the starter, extra points and field goals,' Miles told the media Tuesday evening.... Junior James Hairston will continue to handle the kickoff duties, after driving 43 touchbacks deep in 149 tries the last two seasons. 'James certainly has the better leg,' concedes Delahoussaye. 'He can certainly drive it'....
'The wind swirls,' concurs Delahoussaye. 'On the field, it really swirls. Saturday we went out there to kick. When I got on the field to lace up my cleats, the wind was blowing straight with me. When I went to kick the ball, it went the exact opposite way. You have to zone yourself out of your surroundings and get it done.' And apparently he did, saying he was 5-5 on field goals in that LSU scrimmage with a long of 44 yards."8/11/13 Media Day: head coach Les Miles indicated Delahoussaye is leading the placekicking competition, and Hairston likely to be used for kickoffs and long field goals
Kicker: James Hairston, junior (Dallas, TX / Jesuit College Prep)
Competing to take over as LSU’s primary placekicker in 2013 … Served as the backup on placekicks to departed senior Drew Alleman in 2011 and 2012 … Did win the kickoff duties, a position he has held for the past two yearsKicker: Colby Delahoussaye, freshman (New Iberia, LA / New Iberia HS)
Goes into 2013 in a battle to handle placekicking duties … Redshirted as a true freshman in 2012
High school: earned first team All-State honors at placekicker as a junior in 2010 after connecting on 16-of-21 field goals … As a senior, was honorable mention All-State and first team All-District and All-Acadiana after going 6-of-11 on field goals … holds school record in soccer for most goals in a career (54), most goals in a season (30), and most assists in a careerKicker/punter: Trent Domingue, freshman (Mandeville, LA / St. Paul's HS)
"This summer, all of the specialists have been working together as much as possible to prepare for the season. I personally try to get as much extra work in possible whether its on my own, on the weekend, or whenever. Most of the things towards the end of the summer are just fine tuning my kicking/punting skills to prepare for fall camp. We have also been getting "kicker-specific" weight training as well... My biggest goal for this upcoming season is to earn the starting place kicking duty. There has been a competition between me and two other kickers since spring ball for this spot and the fall camp will decide who gets the job. Preparation and dedication in the summer are my keys to success."Kicker: Alex Kjellsten, freshman (Lake Charles, LA / St. Louis HS)
"I'm actually enrolled in summer school at LSU so I'm taking two summer courses. I've been attending summer workouts Monday through Friday just working on getting physically stronger especially my lower body. My goals for this year are to basically learn from the guys that are ahead of me and to get physically bigger and stronger."Punter: Jamie Keehn, sophomore (Miners Rest, Australia / The Rock Hampton GS)
"This summer I have been working on getting back to full strength after having a minor knee operation in early spring that made me have a limited but effective spring. I'm back 100% and feel great again. I have been working a lot on my ball drops and steps this summer since I have only been punting for two years I am thousands of reps behind everyone so each day I have been trying to do at least 100 ball drops and have been kicking 3-4 times a week. I am looking forward to what our team has to offer this season there is a lot of excitement and buzz around LSU for this season and what we can accomplish."Long snapper: Reid Ferguson, sophomore (Buford, GA / Buford HS)
Enters his second season as LSU’s starting long snapper … Handles all snaps for punts and placekicks … Played in every game last year as a true freshman and handled every special teams deep snap in 2012.Long snapper: Logan Boudreaux, sophomore (St. Amant, LA / St. Amant HS)
Long snapper: Conner LeBlanc, freshman (Morgan City, LA / Central Catholic HS)
"We've been really working hard all summer doing all of our lifting and running and stuff, and as specialists squad goes we've been meeting several times a week to work on our kicks and holds. We're really starting to click in my opinion. And me personally for this upcoming season, I just want to be a positive contribution to the team and help out anyway I can so that we can all together have an effective season as a squad."