BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - There was Pittsburgh Steelers and former LSU Tigers punter Brad Wing on Sunday night, once again doing something more exciting than punting. The Aussie, known for faking a punt and rushing for a 52-yard touchdown against Florida during the 2011 season before the score was called back because of his slight celebration, put points on the board that stayed this time.
As the Steelers were attempting an extra point against arch-rival Baltimore Ravens, kicker Shaun Suisham awkwardly stumbled on his advance and never got the try off the ground. Wing was left to improvise and did just fine, scrambling to his right away from the oncoming rush and firing a two-point conversion to giant tight end Matt Spaeth. Maybe Wing should've played a little quarterback at LSU also? The Steelers crushed the Ravens 43-23 on national television to improve to 6-3 on the year, while Wing punted six times for a 41.8 average.
Meanwhile, back in Baton Rouge, Wing's LSU replacement and Australian buddy is having a tremendous junior season. Jamie Keehn, by his words was "up and down" during the 2013 season, but is second in the SEC this year with a booming 45.0 yard average. Keehn has 15 punts of 50 yards or more, which is tops in the league. He's placed 19 kicks inside the opponent's 20-yard line, which is second overall in the conference.
"Jamie and I talk every week after LSU plays and then again after we (Steelers) play on Sundays," Wing said. "Jamie has such a strong leg! Stupid strong. He is like me in the respect that we started punting a little later that most guys. The only thing that makes you a better player is repetitions and as you can see, he is getting the hang of it. It's good to see him smashing the ball this year. I think he has an exciting future."
Wing is also very aware this is "Bama Week" for LSU, as the No. 14 Tigers play host to the No. 4 Crimson Tide. Kickoff is at 7:10 p.m. in Death Valley.
"Every time we play Bama it is huge. I remember in 2012 when they beat us at home (21-17). That night was the most electrifying atmosphere I have ever been in. I will never forget that night. Coach Miles preaches one game at a time and I know that is the mentality the team has, but this game is usually one that is circled on the calendar," Wing added.
Wing is LSU's career leader in yards per punt, averaging 44.6 yards per boot. He was an All-American during the Tigers' 13-1 and SEC Championship winning season in 2011. His 73-yard punt in Tuscaloosa that year against the Crimson Tide during "The Game of the Century" early in the fourth quarter was a pivotal play in LSU's 9-6 overtime win.
Wing said LSU, Tiger Stadium in particular, is still deep in his heart.
"Without a doubt, Tiger stadium on a Saturday night. There is nowhere like that place on a fall night. Every single home game was a great experience! Shout out to the student section, too, for always being in full effect. Best in the nation, hands down," Wing said about what he misses the most.