LSU will look to a new placekicker for the 2016 season after the team opted not to renew the scholarship of Trent Domingue.
The senior made the announcement on Twitter, signaling the end of what was a record career with the Tigers.
“Since my scholarship was not renewed, my career here at LSU has come to an end,” Domingue wrote. “Now begins the search for a new school to play my fifth and final season. My heart will always be with LSU and it was truly an honor to play for the Mad Hatter. Good luck to my alma mater, as I’m sure they will have many successes this coming season and Geaux Tigers.”
— Trent Domingue (@TrentDomingue) July 13, 2016
The seasoned special teams ace was a Lou Groza Award semifinalist in 2015, the honor allotted the nation’s top kicker. Domingue was wildly consistent between the uprights and was set to handle punting duties as well this coming season.
As a junior, Domingue drilled 10 consecutive field-goal attempts and maintained a perfect mark until LSU’s penultimate regular-season tilt on the road at Ole Miss. He finished 13-of-17 on the year.
With Domingue set to pursue a fifth season elsewhere, LSU has an array of other options to look to.
Fellow senior Colby Delahoussaye and junior Cameron Gamble should jump to the forefront of the list. Delahoussaye handled field goal and PAT duties in 2013 and ’14, and boasts a 24-of-29 career mark. That includes 14 out of 16 attempts from 30 yards or longer.
Gamble will also be in the mix. The kicker is known for a stronger leg. In his first two years in Baton Rouge, La., he has served as the kickoff specialist. Gamble will likely vie for that same role in 2016 as well as push Delahoussaye for placekicking duties.
There’s also recent enrollee Connor Culp, who was rated the No. 9 placekicker in the nation in the 2016 class. He’ll get his first chance to make a name for himself during fall camp next month.