Editor’s note: As LSU prepares for what should be a promising 2016 campaign, expectations are sky-high as the team returns 18 starters and the nation’s third-ranked recruiting class.
Over the next few weeks, SEC Country will take a closer look at LSU’s 25 most important players who will determine whether this upcoming season will be a success or letdown.
No. 18: Trent Domingue
LSU’s special teams unit returns a bevy of familiar faces, but lost its punter, Jamie Keehn, who was a captain last season.
In his place is Lou Groza Award semifinalist Trent Domingue, who will double up as a punter for the Tigers in 2016. The senior, who was wildly consistent between the uprights, will also be a key contributor in other facets of the kicking game.
Domingue was an All-State kicker as a senior at St. Paul’s High School (Covington, La.), which was the last time he handled both kicking duties. Then, Domingue averaged a whopping 38.9 yards per punt.
As a junior in 2015, Domingue connected on 10 consecutive field goal attempts and didn’t miss one until the team’s penultimate regular-season showdown on the road at Ole Miss. Overall, he finished 13-of-17 on the season.
If LSU is to live up to the expectations this coming season, then its kicking game has to be up to par. Last year, Domingue proved he’s one of the best in the nation. It’s up to the senior to rise to the occasion yet again in 2016, as he continues to prove he’s both a consistent placekicker and equally as dynamic a punter in certain situations.
Coming Thursday: A safety turned outside linebacker
- No. 25: Danny Etling
- No. 24: Kristian Fulton, Saivion Smith
- No. 23: Devin White
- No. 22: Tyron Johnson
- No. 21: Rashard Lawrence
- No. 20: Donte Jackson
- No. 19: Colin Jeter
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.