LSU’s placekickers under Les Miles have been an often underrated strength of some “damn strong” football teams.
From Colt David to Josh Jasper to Drew Alleman, Tiger fans have seen their fair share of clutch kicks (and some impeccably executed fakes) over the years.
It’s been almost a year since a walk-on redshirt freshman from New Iberia named Colby Delahoussaye wrangled LSU’s starting placekicker job away from junior James Hairston and freshman Trent Domingue.
Delahoussaye turned out to be a quiet but very consistent offensive weapon for LSU last season.
As soon as the 2013 Tigers took the field, Delahoussaye was a difference maker, notching the first six points of the season in the nationally televised Cowboys Classic against TCU at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Delahoussaye hit all of his kicks that night, going a perfect 3 for 3 on field goal attempts and 4 for 4 on extra point attempts.
He scored 13 points on his own in a contest where LSU squeaked by a quality TCU team 37-27.
Although he had arguably his best game in Week 1, Delahoussaye went on to have a stellar 2013 season.
He made 92.9 percent of his field goal attempts (13 for 14), which was the best field goal percentage in the Southeastern Conference last season, and he converted on 98.2 percent of his extra point attempts (56 for 57).
If you’re counting at home, that’s only two misses. For the entire season.
Delahoussaye will likely get more opportunities to prove himself this season, as the Tigers have lost a number of key offensive weapons including Zach Mettenberger, Jeremy Hill, Odell Beckham, Jr. and Jarvis Landry.
Without proven leadership and firepower on offense, the Tigers will need all the points they can get in 2014, and more than a game or two will probably come down to field goals.
Colby will have plenty of eyes on him as well, as he’s landed on the 2014 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Watch List along with 29 other kickers throughout the country.
Delahoussaye may also handle kickoffs in 2014, with the departure of kickoff specialist James Hairston.