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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

LSU Tigers Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

 
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September 14, 2015 - Trent Domingue opens at kicker
"When the Tigers actually opened the season at Mississippi State, Colby Delahoussaye did not kick. Trent Domingue, a junior from Mandeville who became the first team field goal/extra point kicker in the regular season finale last season at Texas A&M, kicked all three of LSU's extra points in the Tigers' 21-19 win Saturday. He also kicked off all four times for LSU.... Asked if Domingue is indeed LSU's new kicker, LSU coach Les Miles said, 'You betcha,' at his weekly press luncheon on Monday. 'I think Delahoussaye may get some kicks as well,' said Miles, whose team hosts Auburn at 2:30 p.m. Saturday on CBS. "But basically what we did is we went through a simple competition, and it's very close. And I wouldn't be surprised if Delahoussaye did get some kicks.' Domingue had two kickoffs for touchbacks with the other two getting returned for 21 yards and 26 yards." - WWLTV

August 4, 2015 - kicker Connor Culp commits
"Arizona kicker Connor Culp has committed to the 2016 group, according to a message on a Twitter account believed to be belonging to Culp.... Culp is rated as the fifth-best kicker in the nation, according to 247Sports. According to Scout.com, he’s the fourth-best kicker in the class. The two recruiting services reported that Culp had offers from LSU and Army.... LSU has four place-kickers on staff, including expected starter Colby Delahoussaye, a junior, and Trent Domingue, also a junior. Cameron Gamble is a sophomore, and Kyle Pfau, a presumed walk-on, is a redshirt freshman this season." - The Advocate

February 4, 2015 - long snapper Blake Ferguson & punter Josh Growden sign
Blake Ferguson - Ranked as the No. 1 long snapper nationally by Scout and 247 sports... Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals, ESPN, 247 Sports and Scout... Earned an invitation to play in the Army All-American game... Helped lead his team to a state title as a senior ... Recipient of the Chris Rubio Award which is given to the nation’s top high school long snapper as a junior and senior ....
Josh Growden -  Former member of the Australian Football League (AFL) rugby club Greater Western Sydney… Gave up rugby due to injuries and began training with ProKick Australia in order to become a punter … Trained at ProKick Australia under former Green Bay Packers punter Nathan Chapman … Is a two-star prospect and the No. 5 punter nationally by 247 Sports… Possesses a strong leg and vast potential as he gets acclimated to American football and more coaching." - Tigers

February 2, 2015 - Aussie punter Josh Growden commits
"Les Miles landed a commitment from his third punter from Down Under on Monday from Josh Growden of the Sydney area. Should Growden send in signed scholarship papers on National Signing Day Wednesday, he will join former LSU punter Brad Wing, a first team All-American in 2011, and present punter Jamie Keehn as Australian imports.... 'I'm going to be a TIGER! I've been offered a scholarship to study and play American football for LSU,' Growden tweeted on Monday afternoon after visiting LSU over the weekend." - WWLTV

November 27, 2014 - Trent Domingue takes over placekicking in win over Texas A&M
Colby Delahoussaye missed a 22-yard field goal – just two yards longer than an extra point – in the first quarter and was replaced by walk-on kicker Trent Domingue, a sophomore from St. Paul's High in Mandeville. Domingue booted two extra points and the first field goal of his college career - a 31-yard attempt - in the second quarter as the Tigers took a 17-7 lead into halftime. Domingue's 31-yard field goal for the 17-7 lead came with eight seconds to play in the second quarter after Duke Riley recovered a fumble on a kickoff by Speedy Noil of Karr High in New Orleans. Devin Voorhies' hit caused the fumble that Riley claimed at the Aggies' 19-yard line with 34 seconds to go. Domingue added a 27-yard field goal with 7:25 to go in the third quarter to give LSU a 20-7 lead. Delahoussaye, a sophomore from New Iberia, missed two field goals in the Tigers' last game at Arkansas from 27 and 47 yards out. He was 20-of-21 over the previous two seasons until just four games ago against Ole Miss. He had made 11 straight field goals entering the Ole Miss game, but he has since dropped to 3-of-7 and 0-for-his-last-3. Domingue has usually just kicked off. When he replaced Delahoussaye as the field goal kicker freshman Cameron Gamble filled in for Domingue on kickoffs." - The Advertiser

October 28, 2014 - kicker Jack Gonsoulin Commits
"The class of 2015 kicker from Catholic High in Baton Rouge announced his commitment to LSU after the Tigers wild win over Ole Miss this weekend. Gonsoulin tweeted out Saturday night after the game.... Being only 15 minutes from LSU's campus probably has something to do with Gonsoulin's decision, but the kid truly has a leg. Gonsoulin was ranked as the No.2 kicker in the 2015 class by Chris Sailer Kicking which is a kicker camp that partners with the Army All-American Bowl. He has been seen hitting 55-60 yarders in warmups and I have seen him, with my own eyes, put extra points in the street at Olympia Stadium. Gonsoulin is a solid kicker, but it wouldn't hurt mentioning he is an excellent punter as well." - And the Valley Shook

October 19, 2014 - kicker Colby Delahoussaye is accurate
"Kicker Colby Delahoussaye of New Iberia ended the first half as LSU's all-time leader in field goal percentage as he was 2-for-2 and moved to 20-for-21 in his career for a .952 percentage. The only miss in his career so far was from 31 yards against Furman last season. Delahoussaye was 13 of 14 in the 2013 season." - The News Star

October 11, 2014 - Colby Delahoussaye kicks game winner over Florida
"Les Miles didn't have to ask sophomore placekicker Colby Delahoussaye twice about trying a 50-yard field goal with the game on the line against Florida Saturday. 'I said, 'Let's go for it', Delahoussaye said when Miles asked him about the distance. Delahoussaye came through with three seconds remaining to lift the Tigers to a 30-27 victory at The Swamp and put the brakes on a two-game SEC losing streak and hand Miles his 100th coaching victory.... But Delahoussaye had his second missed PAT when he pushed the 20-yard kick to the right, leaving the score 20-17 LSU. 'I was too close to the ball and I pushed it', he said. 'Simple mechanics, stuff you need to pay attention on'. (Wanted another chance) More than anything. I hate the feeling of, 'Maybe I could have let my team down.' Delahoussaye redeemed himself quite nicely, nailing his kick from a personal-record distance. His previous long field goal was 49 yards last season. The PAT miss was his second this season and third of his career but he's five-for-five on field goals this season and 18 of 19 overall. 'It's still a little surreal,' he said. 'I don't think it's hit me yet'." - Times-Picayune

September 24, 2014 - kicker Colby Delahoussaye
"He’s a perfect 4-4 on field goals this season and is 17-18 in his career. His only miss came last season against Furman, when he sustained a groin injury in warmups and tried to kick through it. But that injury is long gone, and Delahoussaye is back in kicking shape. He lost some leg strength because of the injury, so Delahoussaye hit the weight room, making his leg stronger than ever and adding an extra six yards to his kick length." - LSU Reveille

September 22, 2014 - Jamie Keehn punts & learns against Mississippi State
"Junior punter Jamie Keehn had a successful night in LSU's 34-29 loss to Mississippi State Saturday, averaging 51.1 yards on eight punts. He did admit, however, he wished he could've had some of those punts back. His first punt went for only 40 yards and more importantly was a line drive directly to MSU returner Jamoral Graham.... Keehn went on to say the mistakes show he is still learning the nuances of the game. 'If you stop learning, you stop winning,' Keehn said. 'You have got to be learning whether you're the best in the world or the guy that knows nothing and just wants to start out. You've got to always be willing to learn your stuff and listen to what people are saying'." - NOLA

September 17, 2014 - The Snapping Ferguson Brothers 
"It isn’t often that a longsnapper gets a scholarship. It’s even more rare for two longsnappers to get scholarships from the same school. Though it defies the odds, LSU longsnapping commit Blake Ferguson will join his older brother and current LSU longsnapper Reid on scholarship when the 2015 season rolls around.... Blake hopes to be slowly eased into the role his older brother has mastered at LSU. Reid has played 291 total snaps since he began his career with the Tigers and has only had one bad snap. This single mistake was made on his first collegiate snap, when he snapped the ball over the punter’s head against North Texas in 2012.... The Fergusons don’t anticipate fighting for the starting job in fall 2015. They both said they believe the job belongs to Reid, and Blake will spend a year learning the system before Reid graduates in 2016. 'The way it has been put to me is that I’m going to go [to LSU] next summer, redshirt that year, and then snap for the four years after that,' Blake said. 'I’m cool with it, and I’m excited because my brother will have a year to teach me'." - LSU Reveille

September 3, 2014 - kicker/outfielder Chris Sciambra
"Senior outfielder Chris Sciambra went through kicker tryouts and earned a spot with the football Tigers, joining teammate Jared Foster as new two-sport athletes. Sciambra was a solid kicker at Catholic High, but was a star on the diamond.... On the football field, he earned Special Teams MVP honors at CHS as a senior, with 34 of his 50 kickoffs resulting in touchbacks. He is the fifth kicker on the roster behind Colby Delahoussaye and Cameron Gamble -- the primary kickers in the season opener -- Trent Domingue and Kyle Pfau." - Times-Picayune

August 30, 2014 - punter Jamie Keehn in opener
"Keehn was again an off-the-radar MVP for the Tigers in their 28-24 comeback victory against Wisconsin at NRG Stadium in Houston. He punted eight times for a 42.5-yard average, with five attempts pinning the Badgers inside the 20-yard-line. Wisconsin also didn't have a positive return on the eight kicks. The one blemish for Keehn was a 19-yard shank in the first quarter that set the Badgers up for a short field-goal drive the stretched the lead to 10-0. But Keehn redeemed himself with boots of 64 (career long) and 54 yards later and persistently put Wisconsin in tough spots to drive the ball long distances." - NOLA

August 26, 2014 - summer specialists
"Sophomore kicker Colby Delahoussaye enters the 2014 season after an impressive freshman campaign, during which he made 13 of 14 field goals and 56 of 57 extra points. With inexperienced quarterbacks, more responsibility could be placed on Delahoussaye this season with longer, and possibly more, field goals. 'We’ve always had a good relationship on where I can kick,' Delahoussaye said. 'To have confidence from Les Miles, that’s a big deal. It’s one less thing I have to worry about. I just go out there and kick the football.' Returning at punter is junior Jamie Keehn. The self-titled 'Thunder From Down Under' managed 43 punts for an average of 41 yards per punt last season. Of his 43 punts, 18 were downed inside the 20-yard line and 10 were more than 50 yards. Keehn looks to follow his first full season as starter with a more consistent performance in 2014.  'Jamie Keehn is healthy and kicking the ball very hard, great hang time and distance,' Coach Miles said. 'The good thing about him is he’s been through this a couple of times now and understands what’s expected of him.' Third year starter Reid Ferguson will be long snapper for Delahoussaye and Keehn. One of the unsung performers on the team, Ferguson has played every game since his freshman season without a mistake. Sophomore Trent Domingue will take over at the kickoff spot, replacing James Hairston, who transferred to Rice to pursue more field goal opportunities. 'Trent Domingue has really stepped in and is giving us a great and very competitive leg-very big leg,' Miles said." - Daily Reveille

August 24, 2014 - punter Jamie Keehn
"This is my second year on the job, and now I have 15 games under my belt so I'm getting to be more comfortable in practices and scrimmages,' Keehn said. 'It's getting easier. It's just like another day at the office now.' With a new boss as it turns out. Special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto returned to LSU when Thomas McGaughey left for a job in the NFL and brought a different kind of energy with him. Keehn called Peveto's influence a 'buzz of energy,' and said all the specialists know that their workouts - which tended to be laid back in the past - are a little different now. 'Coach Peveto is great,' Keehn said. 'He brings intensity to the group. We still go about business in similar ways, but it's a lot livelier now'. Whether that affects the task at hand for Keehn remains to be seen. But he knows exactly what road he wants to travel in his second season. 'I'm just going to relax and have fun and the consistency will come,' Keehn said. 'I know I've got to be more consistent. I had good moments and bad moments, but I think the bowl game helped me get some confidence back and I worked all spring and this summer on working out some kinks'." - Times-Picayune

April 17, 2014- kickoffs
"Coach Les Miles recently expressed a preference that another kicker replace James Hairston as the kickoff specialist to reduce Colby Delahoussaye’s workload. A lifelong LSU fan, Delahoussaye said he also would like to be the kickoff man but will be happy to specialize only in the kicks that result in points. 'I really enjoy kicking field goals. I’ve never complained about wanting to do more. Whenever I’m kicking field goals for LSU, I’m never going to complain about that.' Besides, the Tigers have some other options who could keep them from relying on the sophomore too heavily. 'There’s a young man named [Cameron] Gamble coming in who has a pretty good leg,” Miles said. 'We’ll also look at some other guys we have on the team at kicker that have ability. Trent Domingue would be that guy.' Domingue was that guy this spring, and he also rotated with 2013 starter Jamie Keehn, who averaged 41.0 yards per punt last fall, as the first-team punter. Domingue punted eight times in the spring game and averaged 39.9 yards per attempt, and Keehn averaged 41.5 yards on four kicks.  'This is probably the biggest opportunity I’ve had, but I’m just going to keep working hard and not let it pass me up,' said walk-on Domingue, who has yet to appear in a college game." - ESPN

March 28, 2014 - Trent Domingue & Colby Delahoussaye
"With Jamie Keehn on the sideline for last Saturday's scrimmage, Trent Domingue got a chance to show off his punting ability. LSU coach Les Miles complimented his effort. He's still also Colby Delahoussaye's top competition for the kicking job. "(The scrimmage) went well," Domingue said Tuesday. "I still have things to work on like my follow through. Jamie's not hurt, I'm just getting some reps. I'm taking the opportunity to work on what I need to.' Domingue said he connected on a 45-yard field goal Saturday and that he and Delahoussaye are adjusting to new special teams coach Bradley Dale Peveto. Junior deep snapper Reid Ferguson is still around and backup quarterback Brad Kragthorpe and Chris LaBorde have been filling in as a holders....
Delahoussaye appears to be in the lead to win the kickoff job after Hairston decided to transfer after his May graduation despite having another year of eligibility. He's also hoping to land a scholarship for the 2014 season. "I'd always been able to do kickoffs," Delahoussaye said. "But since I got here James and Drew (Alleman) did kickoffs. I kinda just worked on field goals knowing I had a chance to get the job the next year. Going back to kickoffs is just getting my steps back. Now I feel a lot more comfortable with it. 'Delahoussaye said he connected on four of six field goals in the scrimmage with a long of 45 yards. He's been tinkering with his swing, working alone in the indoor practice facility like a golfer at the driving range." - NOLA.com

March 22, 2014 - first spring scrimmage
“We made a lot of improvement in the punting game. Jamie Keehn isn’t getting a lot of snaps right now, but Trent Domingue has really improved. I think we were perfect with 42 (Colby Delahoussaye) at field goals and really got better as team in this scrimmage.” - head coach Les Miles

March 7, 2014 - kicker James Hairston to transfer after graduation
"Senior kicker James Hairston intends to transfer following his graduation in May in the hopes of receiving an opportunity to kick field goals. Associate Athletic Director Michael Bonnette confirmed Hairston's intentions, but Hairston has not announced where he plans to transfer to, Bonnette said. NCAA rules specify that a player does not have to sit out a season following a transfer of schools if they have already graduated.... The Dallas native spent the past three seasons as the Tigers’ kickoff specialist, recording 91 touchbacks in 235 career attempts, including 48 touchbacks in 2013. He was the only Tiger to kickoff last season. The move leaves LSU with four kickers fighting for Hairston’s former position. Sophomore Colby Delahoussaye served as the Tigers’ placekicker last season, but sophomore Trent Domingue and freshmen Cameron Gamble and Alex Kjellsten remain on the LSU roster in Hairston’s absence." - Daily Reveille

February 19, 2014 - special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto signed
"Former Tiger defensive coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto is back in Baton Rouge, this time as LSU's newest special teams coordinator.... Peveto returns to LSU from Kentucky, where he was special teams coordinator for the 2013 season. Prior to his stop in Lexington, he was the head coach at Northwestern State for four seasons, compiling a 14-30 record. He first left LSU after working under Miles from 2005-2008 in several capacities, first coaching linebackers and special teams before graduating to co-defensive coordinator in 2008. He was a member of the staff when the Tigers won the 2007 national championship, a season in which his punter (Patrick Fisher) and kicker (Colt David) earned first team All-SEC honors." - Tiger Rag
 
February 17, 2014 - kicker Kyle Pfau commits as preferred walk-on
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February 5
, 2014 - kicker Cameron Gamble signs
"After showcasing his strong leg at the LSU Special Teams camp back in July of last year, it didn't take long for him to receive that offer.  He quickly jumped on board.  While he still needs to work on become a better field goal kicker, you can't teach the leg strength that he possesses.  That strength could come in handy in getting him early playing time. With James Hairston entering his senior year next season, there will be a void for a kickoff specialist following the 2014 season.  Insert Cameron Gamble.  When watching his highlights, Gamble has no problem in clearing the end zone in high school, and while they kick from the 40 as opposed to the 35 in college, there is still no issue with him getting out the back of the end zone.  With the emergence of redshirt freshman kicker Colby Delahoussaye, the staff won't be required to rush Gamble into field goal duty." - And The Valley Shook

January 18, 2014 - long snapper commit wins award
"Blake Ferguson, a high school junior and LSU recruit, took him the 2013 Herbalife 24 Chris Rubio Award last night in Vegas as the top high school long snapper.  Ferguson prevailed over two senior snappers, Alan Lucy and Tanner Carew." - Longsnap.com

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