Season preview: Kickers and punters

After two solid years from Josh Jasper and Derek Helton, LSU kicker Drew Alleman and punter Brad Wing have big cleats to fill this fall.

When Colt David left LSU after the 2008 season, coach Les Miles promised there would be no falloff to junior kicker Josh Jasper.

Two seasons later, Jasper left Baton Rouge as one of the most decorated players in school history.

Jasper finished his run as the most accurate kicker in school history, connecting on 47-of-56 field goals over his four years. His 28 field goals last season were good for most in the country.

Drew Alleman

Now, Miles turns to junior Drew Alleman.

“Drew Alleman I expect to be very competitive,” Miles said. “He will handle our kickoffs, field goals and extra points.

“I think that he will be ready to do that and compete with any of the country. He may be as good as we’ve had. We’ll have to wait and see on that.”

Alleman appeared in two games last fall, and he had seven kickoffs for 444 yards and a 63.4-yard average.

The race to replace is also on at punter.

With Derek Helton gone, Miles said that he could go with two punters, though Wing, the Melbourne, Australia, native holds the advantage in the battle for the lion’s share of the action.

Brad Wing and D.J. Howard will handle the punting, with the edge towards Brad Wing,” Miles said.

In his first year of football in 2009, Class 3A first-team all-state honors at Parkview Baptist.

After a redshirt season in 2010, the left-footed Wing has the stage to himself. With the ability to go from a traditional football punt to a rugby-style delivery, Wing will give the Tigers option – and a big leg – when the special teams unit is on the field.

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