HOUMA — In the weeks following the NFL draft, the list of pro-bound LSU players has grown in free agency.
Nick Brossette signed as an undrafted free agent with the New England Patriots. John Battle with the New York Jets. Garrett Brumfield with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Last week, Terrence Alexander signed a free-agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings.
But LSU's star place-kicker, Cole Tracy, remains unsigned after tryouts with the Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints.
The NFL rookie minicamps have ended, the start of somewhat of a dead period before teams start up preseason camp for the 2019 season.
Tracy, who set seven school records in his one season at Baton Rouge, is still on the outside looking in, having left his tryout in New Orleans on Sunday without a contract.
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LSU special teams coordinator Greg McMahon coached special teams for the Saints from 2006 to 2016, and he answered candidly when asked about Tracy's NFL chances on Monday at the LSU Coaches Caravan stop in Houma.
"All I know is this: The sucker makes kicks," McMahon said of Tracy. "So whatever (NFL teams) put a premium on, that dude makes kicks. That's something for those guys to decide. I can't speak for them. I love the player. He just makes kicks."
Tracy's 97 career field goals, dating back to his time at Division II Assumption College, are the most by any kicker across all NCAA divisions in the history of college football.
The Lou Groza Award finalist made 29 of his 33 kicks for LSU, setting a program record for most made field goals in a season, and he made the 42-yard kick to beat Auburn as time expired in a 22-21 win.
Tracy was unlikely to sign with the Saints, who didn't sign any specialist in its minicamp last weekend.
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The franchise still has the dependable Wil Lutz, who made 28 of 30 field goals in 2018, and Saints coach Sean Payton said Saturday that if the team were to sign a specialist, it would be someone who could both kick and punt.
Tracy told The Advocate Saturday that "I'm probably too late to start picking up punting" at an NFL level; but he handled kickoffs while he was at Assumption, and he's having to prove to NFL teams he can kick touchbacks.
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At LSU, Tracy ceded kickoffs to Avery Atkins, who led the NCAA in touchback percentage.
There is a drastic gap between the roster limits in the NCAA (105 players) and the NFL (53 players), which forces NFL teams to be selective with how they distribute their spots, especially with specialists. Only 10 NFL teams are carrying more than one kicker — a number that will likely diminish once teams start cutting their roster sizes during the preseason.
The boosted roster size in the NCAA gives schools more options.
"In Cole's defense, we had the best kickoff guy in the country statistically," McMahon said. "It was like, 'You don't have to worry about kicking off. You just worry about field goals.' That's a luxury. In the NFL, you don't have that luxury. Very rarely do you. Cole's got to be able to do that."