Position coach: Thomas McGaughey
Starters returning: 0
Lettermen returning: 0
38 Brad Wing (6-3, 194, RS Fr.)
30 Drew Alleman (5-11, 183, Jr.)
OFF THE BENCH
38 D.J. Howard (6-2, 198, Sr.)
38 James Hairston (6-0, 200, Fr.)
Out of action: None
Veteran difference-maker: Drew Alleman
Rising star: Brad Wing
Number of note: 38. Three LSU specialists – Wing, Howard and Hairston – will wear the same number. A little smoke-and-mirror ploy by Miles, who has three punters with varying abilities. Perhaps this fall the Mad Hatter catches a few teams off guard.
This unit will shine if: Alleman can help soften the blow of losing Jasper. There’s no getting around the fact that Jasper is almost irreplaceable. But Alleman, a junior, has been in Jasper’s shadow ever since he stepped onto campus. Now, it’s the Lafayette native’s time to shine.
This unit will struggle if: Alleman becomes inconsistent. The Tigers banked on 28 field goals from Jasper last fall. Alleman won’t reach that mark, but he’ll need to answer when called upon. It hasn’t been LSU’s style to lose the chance at three points and give up field position, and Alleman doesn’t want to start the trend now.
Prediction: Alleman won’t need to be phenomenal because LSU won’t ask him to be. The Tigers offense was bad the past two seasons, which is why Jasper was so often called upon. First-year coordinator Greg Studrawa and quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe will have the Tigers in the end zone more often, meaning Alleman can adjust to the pressures of a college game.
Quotable: “The thing the coaches tell me is focus on hang time on my punts. They want 4-5 seconds, because we need to cut down on our opposition’s return game. We don’t want to give up any big plays on special teams.” – Brad Wing