BATON ROUGE, La. — After a week of competition, the LSU kicking competition is back in the same place it was.
Sophomore Jack Gonsoulin won the LSU placekicking competition and was named starter by coach Ed Orgeron on Thursday night. Orgeron said Gonsoulin was the more effective kicker in practice this week, edging out redshirt freshman Connor Culp with strong showings Tuesday and Thursday.
The kicking competition was open to begin with because of Gonsoulin’s poor showings in LSU’s first two games of 2017. Gonsoulin missed two kicks in four attempts in LSU’s games against BYU and Chattanooga before being replaced by Culp, who went 1-for-2 against Chattanooga.
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Orgeron said he has not made the decision yet if Culp will travel to Mississippi State for the Tigers’ game Saturday night. That said, Orgeron announced Gonsoulin as the starter by referring to him as “the first guy” who’ll kick for LSU. If that phrasing is any indication, Gonsoulin may have a short leash Saturday.
Cameron Gamble will retain the job as the Tigers’ starting kickoff specialist.
Which LSU players won’t travel?
Orgeron listed a number of players who either won’t travel or won’t play for the game against Mississippi State. The most notable name on the list was sophomore defensive end Rashard Lawrence, who Orgeron said will not play. Orgeron did say Lawrence will travel for the game on his radio show Wednesday night, meaning there is a chance LSU will test Lawrence’s availability pregame.
Coach O listed four players who will not be traveling with the Tigers, however. Those names are: sophomore cornerback Kristian Fulton, sophomore tight end Caleb Roddy, sophomore offensive lineman Donavaughn Campbell and senior defensive end Frank Herron.
None of those four players played a week ago versus Chattanooga. With Herron ruled out and Lawrence likely out as well, the Tigers will use Glen Logan and Neil Farrell at defensive end opposite Christian LaCouture.