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papz 11-18-2011 03:10 PM

An Aussie Who Rules at Football
 
LSU's Wing Bedevils Opponents With Unorthodox, Unreturnable Punts; the 73-Yard Bomb


BATON ROUGE, La.—Brad Wing is king of the campus at LSU.

Classmates wear T-shirts that allude to his "swag." Posters of his infamous 44-yard run against Florida, during which he drew a penalty flag for spreading his arms like an airplane, adorn storefront windows. Just this week, he hit Facebook's 5,000-friend limit and had no choice but to start his own "fan" page.

None of this should be terribly surprising. Wing, after all, plays football for the No. 1-ranked Tigers. But here's the weird part: He's the punter.

While LSU has emerged as the national-title favorite because of its merciless defense, Wing—a 20-year-old from Australia with an unorthodox style—has played an enormous role. He's helped produce arguably the most staggering statistic in college football this season: LSU's opponents have totaled a mere seven return yards on his 39 punts. In other words, against LSU, teams can expect to gain about six inches each time Wing boots a punt.

Full article below.
NCAA: LSU's Brad Wing, the Aussie Who Rules at Football - WSJ.com

All hail Brad Wing.

strato 11-18-2011 03:12 PM

The boy can 'Wing it with the best of em...i think he plays on Sundays

papz 11-18-2011 03:17 PM

I'd spend a 5th round pick(easily I might add) on him in a heartbeat... I mean if we didn't already have Morstead. No insult intended here... he's just one of those rare guys. It's amazing what we can do with the ball. In a game of field position, he is an elite weapon. I don't believe LSU would be this successful this season w/o him.

Halo 11-28-2011 12:29 AM

BLING BLING BLING BLING!!!!

UK_WhoDat 11-28-2011 07:55 AM

BOOM!

Aussie rules

HouYat 12-06-2011 02:24 PM

Didn't know this about him...that's amazing!

Here's a quote from the article...

After sitting out last season as a true freshman, Wing made his debut at the intrasquad spring game in April and did well, averaging over 40 yards per punt. What made his performance noteworthy was that he punted all game using his right foot. Yes, he's ambidextrous—with his feet. "It's almost sick," McGaughey said.

David Wing said the coaching staff had his son punt with his right foot to throw off Oregon, LSU's opponent in the season opener. Few people knew it at the time, but Brad Wing was just getting started.


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