Trent Domingue wants that feeling again — the one he got kicking a field goal in front of thousands of roaring fans in a road environment in the Southeastern Conference.
Colby Delahoussaye just wants his old job back.
Domingue and Delahoussaye are battling for the starting place-kicking job through the first week of LSU’s preseason camp. Sophomore Cameron Gamble is also kicking field goals at what appears to be a deep position group for the Tigers.
Delahoussaye, a junior and former walk-on from New Iberia, seems to have the lead in the race for field goal duties a few months after his late-season stumbles. Delahoussaye missed three straight field goals at one point after making 20 of his first 21.
He lost his job, and LSU’s placekicker spot appeared unsettled at the end of the season.
Delahoussaye says he’s back, and this time, he knows how to handle adversity.
“I was telling the guys. … About halfway through the season and season before, I really didn’t face any tough adversity as far as missing,” he said. “Coming back from it, after those misses at the end of the season, I feel so much stronger. I had never dealt with that before, so I really didn’t know how to act on it.”
Domingue, a walk-on junior, made two of three field goal attempts in replacing Delahoussaye during the regular-season finale against Texas A&M. The first of those — a 31-yarder — was his first career attempt.
“It’s definitely a rush I’d like to have again,” he said. “Once you get that one rush, you want another. It’s fun.”
The battle rages on between two friends and similar guys.
Delahoussaye earned a scholarship over the summer last year, and Domingue is on the path to doing the same this year.
“I’ve been talking to coach Miles about a scholarship,” the former St. Paul’s standout said. “Not sure how it’s going to go, but I’m confident.”
Domingue and Gamble are competing for the kickoff duties, and Domingue is jockeying with new punter and Australian Josh Growden as the backup punter to starter Jamie Keehn.
Delahoussay’s focus, meanwhile, is on field goals. He attended two kicking camps over the summer, studying his technique with 360-degree shots of his form.
Delahoussaye’s late-season slide in 2014 threw the Tigers’ field goal gig into a tailspin over the last three games.
He missed field goals of 27 and 47 yards against Arkansas in a 17-0 loss and then whiffed on a 22-yarder against Texas A&M the next week. Coaches replaced him with Domingue, who hit kicks of 31 and 27 yards against the Aggies before missing a 39-yarder. Delahoussaye re-entered in that game to make a 43-yard field goal, and Domingue attempted the only field goal in the Music City Bowl — a 40-yarder that was blocked.
It was a crazy time.
“It was tough,” Delahoussaye said, “but at the end of it, I’m not going to say I didn’t learn from it. I matured big time from it.”
The video shows LSU safety Rickey Jefferson being mobbed LSU teammates in the program’s weight room after he power-cleaned a large amount of weight.
The video made the rounds. Jefferson’s weight room clip that he posted on Twitter in July has received more than 5,000 retweets. He said he’s cleaning 319 pounds in the video.
“We like to turn up in the weight room,” he said. “I could have went on but (strength and conditioning) coach (Tommy) Moffitt was like, ‘No,’ because my back was hurting. That was one of my first power-clean max in some time because of my back.
Jefferson said he suffers from a “mechanical back injury.”
Adrian Magee gained the most, and Foster Moreau lost the most.
LSU, earlier this week, released a new roster with updated weights. Magee, an offensive lineman from Franklinton, lost a whopping 42 pounds, according to the new roster. He now weighs 324 pounds. Moreau, a freshman tight end from New Orleans, gained 24 pounds to 261.
Defensive lineman Mickey Johnson put on 22 pounds, and defensive lineman Sione Teuhema added 18. Quarterback Brandon Harris gained 18 pounds to 206, and freshman QB Justin McMillan put on 16.
The top four weight-losers were offensive linemen, including Andy Dodd (17 pounds), Garrett Brumfield (15) and Vadal Alexander (14).
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