Over the last few years, the LSU Tigers have become synonymous with having their punters speak with an Australian accent. Head coach Les Miles wants everyone to know that that didn’t happen by accident.
Miles spoke with FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman and he seemed to give a very Les Miles-esque quote. It may even be a contender for line of the year before the Tigers’ season even begins.
Les Miles on his punters: "If the guy can't speak Australian, I'm not interested." #LSU
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) August 29, 2016
The coach’s infatuation for Aussie punters started in 2011 when Brad Wing joined the team and played for two seasons before jetting off to the NFL, but not before he set the school record for 44.6 yards per punt during his career. The duties were given to Jamie Keehn, who did so for three years and made his way into the top five for most punts, most punting yards and yards per punt in his career.
Now, it is Josh Growden’s turn after he spent a few seasons with Australian Football League rugby team Greater Western Sydney. He was ranked as the No. 5 punter in the country in the 2015 class and he will have four years of eligibility with the Tigers after redshirting last year.
It should be an interesting year for Growden and the Tigers. This only affirms that if you want the chance to punt for LSU, your best bet is to play Down Under for a few years first.