The second time around, former LSU kicker Josh Jasper again is preparing to make his debut with the New Orleans VooDoo.
Jasper is slated to play for the VooDoo during Monday night’s Arena Football League game at the Jacksonville Sharks. Kickoff at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena is set for 7 p.m., and the game will air on ESPN2.
Jasper signed with the VooDoo before the 2014 season but opted instead to head to training camp with the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts. He was with the Argonauts through the preseason, which ended in late June.
Meanwhile, the VooDoo needed a kicker for the final three games of the season. Jasper, who had returned to Baton Rouge, was available.
“Not being too far away, I said yeah,” said Jasper, the most accurate kicker in LSU history. “I just want to play, so that was an easy question to play for New Orleans.”
Jasper left LSU after his senior season of 2010 as the only consensus All-America kicker in school history. In four years with the Tigers, he converted 47 of 56 field goals (83.9 percent), which ranks second in Southeastern Conference history.
The VooDoo (2-13), who have lost their past seven games, could use Jasper’s help.
The franchise ranks 12th out of 14 AFL teams in scoring (42.3 points per game). Jacksonville (6-9) is eighth at 51.4.
VooDoo rookie Adam Kennedy has offered consistency at quarterback, but his efforts — 846 yards, 12 touchdowns and three interceptions in four games — have yet to yield a victory.
With former leading receiver L.J. Castille departed, Larry Beavers (61 receptions, 795 yards, 11 TDs) has become the VooDoo’s top option, along with Quorey Payne (46 receptions, 574 yards and 10 TDs in seven games).
Jasper spent this week adjusting to the AFL’s narrower field goal targets. The uprights are just 9 feet. The receiving team is allowed to field kickoffs or missed field goals that rebound off the net. Also, kickoffs are from the goal line, off 1-inch tees, and punting is illegal.