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LSU exodus continues: Spencer Ware, Brad Wing departing for NFL

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Three times in the past two days, LSU underclassmen have officially announced they are leaving early for the NFL.  This evening, the official count is up to five.

Both running back Spencer Ware and suspended punter Brad Wing are confirmed early entrants into the April NFL draft, the school announced Friday.  Each had been considered two of the handful of Tigers giving serious consideration to an early move, particularly the latter following a suspension for what was reportedly multiple failed drug tests and cost him a shot at playing in this year’s bowl game.

The loss of Ware might actually be the lesser of these two given the stable of backs Les Miles has assembled in Baton Rouge, although the junior certainly possesses the physical talent and tools to succeed at the next level.  He finished second on the team in rushing yards (707) and led the club in rushing touchdowns with eight last season, with his production dropping to 367/1 thanks, again, to Miles’ stable.

“I feel confident that I am ready to go to the next level and I look forward to working hard in preparation for this next chapter in my life,” Ware’s statement read. “I want to thank everyone at LSU for all they have done for me over the last three years. I especially want to thank Coach Miles and his staff for helping me to develop on the field, and mature as both a player and a person. I also want to thank my teammates for all the support they’ve given me.

“I will forever where purple and gold as a badge of honor and I wish continued prosperity and success to the Tiger Nation.”

As for Wing, he was 11th in the nation with a 44.8 yards per punt average a year after he was 11th with a 44.4 average.  He was arguably most famous for being the first player to have a touchdown called back last season because of the then-new taunting rule.

As a redshirt sophomore, he had two years of eligibility remaining.

Can’t express enough love for Tiger Nation,” Wing wrote on Twitter after his decision was announced. “Thank you for making these 3 years so amazing. Love to the fans, my teammates and coaches.”

Linebacker Kevin Minter, safety Eric Reid and cornerback Tharold Simon had previously announced they would not be back for their senior seasons.

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16 Responses to “LSU exodus continues: Spencer Ware, Brad Wing departing for NFL”
  1. mrlaloosh says: Jan 4, 2013 5:12 PM

    Tell Mingo to turn out the light when he leaves. Not much left.

  2. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Jan 4, 2013 5:33 PM

    It makes you wonder why Wing would think an NFL team would want a punter with a history of failed drug tests. He is good, but not that good where teams would feel they must have him on their roster.

  3. scalpemseminoles says: Jan 4, 2013 5:37 PM

    Don’t put it past Jacksonville to draft a questionable punter in the first round

  4. johnclaytonsponytail says: Jan 4, 2013 5:47 PM

    Wings a stud. Dude will be a probowl punter. Hate to see everyone depart so early but when the money calls you gotta go. Nobody besides Wing will be under a 4th round pick.

  5. Deb says: Jan 4, 2013 5:53 PM

    I believe it’s hypocritical (and paralyzing to the legal system from a cost perspective) for marijuana to be illegal while alcohol–a more dangerous drug–is legal. But still … assuming Wing’s failed drug tests were pot-related, it does say something about a player’s commitment to his own future when he can’t follow the rules with an NFL career on the line. The guy is a good punter, and even at minimum NFL wages, he could be set for life. Can’t these guys just wise up and toe the line at least until they sign their pro contracts?

  6. houndofthebaskervols says: Jan 4, 2013 6:02 PM

    The NFL doesn’t care about marijuana, they just give lip service to it. Wing is an elite talent, and yeah…hahaha I wouldn’t be shocked if the Jags forget they took a punter last year and spend a top pick on him, they are that incompetent.

    All these early departures from LSU must be frustrating for fans, Miles will just reload but he needs to figure out how to score some points next year, thats embarrassing losing to friggin Clemson.

  7. johnclaytonsponytail says: Jan 4, 2013 6:34 PM

    Not really hound. Im not worried a bit. LSU has a stable of talent in their own backyard and have one of the best recruiters in Frank Wilson in the country. We just reload year after year.

  8. halbert53 says: Jan 4, 2013 6:37 PM

    Miles is a great recruiter but inept at game planning and game management. Saban, Meyer and a slew of other coaches would have won the Clemson game with the same players.

  9. lsuzilla says: Jan 4, 2013 6:40 PM

    LSU is ridiculously DEEP on defense. These guys will be missed but Tiger Nation isn’t too worried.

  10. jimbo75025 says: Jan 4, 2013 7:18 PM

    Exactly how many punters get drafted each year? Maybe 2 on a “good” year? Weng must have been told he would not be welcome back on the team.

  11. cranespy says: Jan 4, 2013 7:24 PM

    Les….swallow your pride and go find a top quality O.C.

  12. mjrcu says: Jan 4, 2013 7:53 PM

    @houndofthebaskervols if losing to Clemson is embarrassing, I cant imagine what the Vols loses are considered…

  13. goodellsadouche says: Jan 4, 2013 8:02 PM

    @houndofthebaskervols, MORE embarrassing than losing to Vandy??

    MORE embarrassing than giving Mizz their ONLY SEC win??!!

  14. houndofthebaskervols says: Jan 5, 2013 1:32 AM

    You two monkeys are funny. Vols didnt play in the BCS title game last year, and they werent a top 5 team this year. LSU has as much talent as anybody, but you do have one thing in common with the 2012 Tennessee team, your coaching staff is just as inept. LOL

  15. redruckus81 says: Jan 5, 2013 4:11 AM

    @houndofthebaskervols

    So let me get this straight LSU losing to a good Clemson team, making the National Championship game last year and being highly ranked is more embarrassing than a 5 win season? I suppose I could see your arguement if you are trying to say that Tennessee has been bad for so long that sub .500 seasons arent embarrassing anymore but if not… well Im lost.

    Couldnt care less about LSU or Tennessee but had to post this just to find out if you actualy read what you write before you post it.

  16. alligatorsnapper says: Jan 6, 2013 11:27 PM

    redruckus81:

    Good post. Hound proves how much he is an idiot from time to time. You do learn to excuse him for his allegiance to a has-been team.

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