LSU has found its starting kicker, and it's the same guy who began the season booting fields goal.
Catholic High walk-on Jack Gonsoulin won a competition this week with redshirt freshman Connor Culp, coach Ed Orgeron announced on Thursday night. Gonsoulin will be "the first guy" to kick field goals during the Tigers' Southeastern Conference opener at Mississippi State on Saturday.
Gonsoulin won a competition between the two players during preseason camp, but the job re-opened during last week's game against UT-Chattanooga.
Culp and Gonsoulin have combined to miss three of six field goals through the first two games. Gonsoulin started 2-for-4 before Culp replaced him last week against Chattanooga. Culp missed a 47-yarder and made one from 45.
Gonsoulin missed kicks from 40 and 34 yards, giving way to Culp.
Coaches charted the kickers this week, specifically spending time on field-goal kicking Tuesday and Thursday. LSU ended practice Thursday with some game-like field-goal kicking.
"Had a little competition at the end when the team was hollering and screaming, stuff like that. Jack did well Tuesday and Thursday," Orgeron said. "I hope Jack can get it done. I have confidence that he had a good week and hopefully be more consistent."
Coaches have not decided if Culp will travel with the team.
Ingram gets starting nod
Ed Ingram will start the game at right guard, but the Tigers plan to rotate in Saahdiq Charles, as they’ve been over the first two games.
The two true freshmen have split snaps over the first two games, with Charles starting the opener and Ingram starting last week.
“Big Ed has been doing a little better than Saahdiq so he’s going to start, but we want to get Saahdiq in because he’s very valuable to us,” Orgeron said.
Orgeron compared the two players Thursday, saying Ingram was more athletic and Charles is more powerful. Ingram “pulls a little bit better,” the coach said.
Darrel Williams “should be able to play” in the opener, Orgeron said. Williams, the immediate backup to running back Derrius Guice, donned a gold/limited contact jersey in practice, with his knee wrapped in bandage. … Offensive lineman Donavaughn Campbell, despite returning to practice earlier this week, will not travel with the team, Orgeron said. Campbell suffered two injuries during camp, the coach has said in the past. ... LSU will stay Friday night in Tupelo, Mississippi, about an hour's drive from Starkville. The team normally stays in Columbus during the State road trip, but a hotel renovation there prevented that this week, Orgeron said.