Brad Wing: 5 Things You Need to Know About the LSU Punter

Alessandro Miglio@@AlexMiglioFeatured ColumnistApril 27, 2013

Brad Wing: 5 Things You Need to Know About the LSU Punter

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    The consensus top punter in the NFL draft also happens to be from out of country.

    Brad Wing brought his game over all the way from Australia, honing his punting skills by playing Australian-rules football. He landed in Baton Rouge for his collegiate career, where he has had a bit of a tumultuous tenure.

    Here are five things you need to know about him.

    Combine results courtesy of NFL.com. College stats courtesy of sports-reference.com.

Background

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    Full Name: Bradley T. Wing

    Birthday: January 27, 1991

    Hometown: Melbourne, Australia

    School: Louisiana State

    Year: Sophomore (redshirt)

    Major: Sports Administration

    Twitter: @bwing38

    Wing hails from Melbourne, Australia, coming to the United States as a senior in high school as part of an exchange program. He attended Parkview Baptist High School in Baton Rouge, which is likely why he chose to stay there for a career at LSU.

Collegiate Stats

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    What can we say about a punter's college statistics?

    Wing booms his kicks with his left foot. His career average of 44.6 yards per punt tops his school's all-time list. He was only fourth in the SEC last year in net average, however.

    Punting

    Year Punts Yds Avg
    2011 59 2618 44.4
    2012 59 2643 44.8
    Career 118 5261 44.6

Draft Process

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    Measurables

    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 205 lbs.

    Arm Length: 32"

    Hand Size: 9 1/2"

    There is little to note here for Brad Wing, who has not participated in much throughout draft season. Wing has good size, which comes in handy on the occasional fake or tackle attempt.

A Checkered Career

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    Brad Wing might be the best punter in the draft, but other questions are being asked of the kicker's off-the-field behavior.

    The most likely reason why Wing is entering the draft is because of off-field issues he has dealt with during his tenure at LSU.

    In the summer of 2011, Wing was arrested on simple battery charges. Last year, Wing was suspended for the team's bowl game, allegedly for a second failed drug test.

    He has not met with nearly the same level of scrutiny his former teammate—Tyrann Mathieu—has gotten for his issues, but perhaps teams might prefer Quinn Sharp because of them.

Observations

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    The Aussie punter has a bit of a following. What does Twitter have to say about him?

    #Jets 1st round “@oconnor_jets: In an actual non-joking matter, it should be fun to see how high Brad Wing goes.”

    — Murph (@ThatMurph) April 24, 2013

    LSU's All-American punter's been suspended. No bowl game. Which means the Chick-fil-A will be... (wait for it)... Brad Wing(less).

    — Bonnie Bernstein (@BonnieBernstein) December 20, 2012

    Boy, Brad Wing has had a disappointing year. He just shanked one 10 yards when LSU really needed him to pin SC. Can a punter slump?

    — Pete Thamel(@SIPeteThamel) October 14, 2012

    Brad Wing is no ordinary kicker. RT @marlonbowman: Love your work but all this talk about kickers isnt inspiring any excitement...

    — Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) January 7, 2012

    Also, Brad Wing is going pro after being suspended for failing multiple drug tests? Fulmer Cup, indeed

    — Smart Football (@smartfootball) December 24, 2012