FOOTBALL

LSU punter Wing suspended for Chick-fil-A Bowl

Staff report
LSU punter Brad Wing returns to the sideline after a punt against Mississippi State this season. Wing was suspended for the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Clemson New Year's Eve. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

BATON ROUGE – LSU punter Brad Wing has been suspended for LSU's game against Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on New Year's Eve in the Georgia Dome for violation of team rules, head coach Les Miles announced on Thursday.

Wing, a sophomore from Melbourne, Australia, averaged 44.8 yards on 59 punts for the Tigers in 2012. Wing will be replaced in the lineup by freshman Jamie Keehn, a fellow Australian from Queensland, whom Wing hosted on his recruiting visit.

Tiger Rag reported the violation was a failed drug test citing an unidentified source in the athletic department. The source also said Wing sat out the season opener against North Texas because of another failed drug test and not because of a sore hamstring, as LSU stated at the time.

Wing prepped at Parkview Baptist and is eligible to enter the NFL draft in April, which he has said he would consider. The deadline to declare is next month for underclassmen.

Keehn averaged 41 yards on three punts with a long of 51 against North Texas. Seth Fruge also took over Wing's spot at holder in that game and is expected to do the same against Clemson.

Wing was an All-American in 2011 and is noted for being flagged for taunting on an apparent touchdown in the Tigers' 41-11 victory over Florida and for unleashing a 70-yard punt to change field position in a 9-6 overtime victory over Alabama, both last year.

In marks the second All-American LSU has lost this season after cornerback Tyrann Mathieu was kicked off the team Aug. 10, reportedly for multiple failed drug tests. Mathieu has since indicated he would declare for the draft and forfeited his remaining eligibility by hiring an agent.