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LSU coach Ed Orgeron: ‘We just don’t have a field goal kicker’

October 5, 2017

Ed Orgeron expressed his frustration Wednesday night in LSU’s field goal kicking problems.

“We just don’t have a field goal kicker,” the Tigers head coach said in response to a question during his radio show from TJ Ribs restaurant. “We just don’t have one right now. I wish we had one on our roster, but I’m about to go recruit one, and I’m going to get the best one in the country.”

LSU (3-2, 0-1 SEC) heads to play No. 21 Florida (3-1, 3-0) on Saturday with its worst field goal kicking problem in more than a decade. The Tigers’ two kickers, walk-on sophomore Jack Gonsoulin and redshirt freshman Connor Culp, are a combined 3-for-7 in field goals this season.

That’s the worst mark through seven attempts since 2003. LSU’s field goal kicking has excelled over the last decade. Tigers kickers made their first seven attempts in each 2013, 2014 and 2015. The four misses through five games is as many as kicker Colby Delahoussaye missed all of last season (11 of 15).

Gonsoulin has missed kicks of 34, 35 and 40 yards, and Culp missed a 47-yarder. Culp made a 49-yard field goal, and Gonsoulin made 29 and 23-yarders in the season opener.

Orgeron re-opened a starting placekicker job that Gonsoulin won during preseason camp. The Catholic High native won the gig again during a kicking competition in camp leading into the third game at Mississippi State. The Tigers did not attempt a field goal in that game or in Game 4 against Syracuse.

Gonsoulin whiffed on a 35-yard field goal against Troy last week in a 24-21 loss. The kick left his foot low, hooking well left of the goal posts.

Orgeron said the kicker was 5-for-5 on field goals during practice last week.

KICKING WOES

LSU kickers, though seven attempts, are off to their worst start since 2003.

2017: 3 for 72016: 5 for 72015: 7 for 72014: 7 for 72013: 7 for 72012: 5 for 72011: 6 for 72010: 6 for 72009: 6 for 72008: 6 for 72007: 6 for 72006: 5 for 72005: 4 for 72004: 5 for 72003: 3 for 7