LSU punter Brad Wing. (Associated Press)
Last Modified: Friday, December 21, 2012 11:16 AM
Brad Wing may have boomed his last punt for LSU.
The Tigers’ Australian punter, who became something of a cult figure in 2011 when he became the first (and still only) player to have his touchdown nullified when he taunted Florida defenders en route to the end zone, was suspended Thursday for the New Year’s Eve the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta.
A release from the school said only that Wing was supended for the standard “violation of team rules.”
But, multiple sources reported that Wing had failed a drug test.
As a redshirt sophomore, Wing is eligible to declare for the NFL draft this spring, and there was speculation he was leaning that way even before the latest setback.
Tiger Rag magazine reported that it was the second time Wing has been suspended for a failed drug test.
He sat out LSU’s season opener against North Texas, but afterwards head coach Les Miles said it was due to a sore hamstring.
Miles was unavailable for comment on Thursday.
Another Australian, freshman Jamie Keehn, handled LSU’s punting in the season opener and will also punt in the bowl game. He punted three times for a 41.0 average in that game, including 51-yarder and another inside the 20.
Wing punted 59 times this season for a 44.8-yard average with 19 of them inside the 20. His long was 69 yards.
Wing was also the holder for LSU field goals and extra points. Seth Fruge, a walk-on from Welsh who went to Notre Dame High in Crowley, is listed as the backup holder.
LSU will thus end the season the way the Tigers began it — with the loss of a high-profile preseason All-American.
Shortly after August workouts began, cornerback Tyrann Mathieu was dismissed from the team for failing multiple drug tests.