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LSU kicker Connor Culp may have a leg up in the race to be first string thanks to a long kick last week.

LSU coach Ed Orgeron planning ‘big competition’ Thursday in hopes of settling on kicker

Nick Suss

BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU football team’s biggest undecided position battle might be decided in practice Thursday.

On his weekly radio show Wednesday night, Tigers coach Ed Orgeron said that the battle to be LSU’s starting placekicker is still undecided. Sophomore Jack Gonsoulin and freshman Connor Culp are a combined 3 for 6 on field-goal attempts — each hitting just 50 percent of their kicks— in LSU’s first two games. Orgeron opened the competition back up after the Tigers’ win against Chattanooga last Saturday.

That said, Orgeron said he believes the competition might be resolved in practice Thursday.

LSU’s practices are closed on Thursday, so the media won’t have access to watch that big competition. Culp connected on a 45-yard kick versus Chattanooga last Saturday, likely giving him a slight edge in the battle. He and Gonsoulin both missed one kick earlier in that game. Gonsoulin’s miss was from 40 yards out and Culp’s miss came from 47 yards.

One place where there will be no competition is in kickoff duties. Cameron Gamble won that job by consistently forcing touchbacks vs. Chattanooga. Gamble took the job from Culp, who struggled at forcing touchbacks in LSU’s season opener against BYU.

The Tigers face Mississippi State in their SEC opener Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. CT (7:30 p.m. ET) at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Miss. Luckily for LSU, the Tigers might not end up being the most perplexed team when it comes to the kicking game in Saturday’s matchup; the Bulldogs have missed two field goals already in 2017, both of which were blocked.