Delicious Irony: An Aussie punter in Outback Bowl

And let us not forget A'Tre-U Jones

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March 29, 2014 | 1:16 am

Apparently, media access to LSU's football players will be fairly limited in the days leading up to the Outback Bowl.

That surprises me because, well, it's the Outback Bowl. Is there anything that needs hiding, other than how the Tigers plan to use first-time starting quarterback Anthony Jennings?

Maybe I just answered my own question.

Anyway, here are five Bayou Bengals I'd like to talk to if given a chance:

1. Ego Ferguson, junior defensive tackle

Just because of his name. How do you go through life named "Ego?" By the accounts I've read, he doesn't have a big ego. He is a very good player, however. He was named the Percy E. Roberts Outstanding Defensive Player for the Tigers.

Ferguson may put himself in the 2014 NFL draft rather than return for his senior season.

2. Rob Bolden, junior quarterback

Bolden played quite a bit at Penn State. He started eight games in 2011. But he wasn't the people's choice. When NCAA sanctions hit the school and players were allowed to transfer without penalty and play immediately, Bolden went to LSU.

He redshirted last season. This year he sat out spring practice with an injury, and has not played this season. Penn State had a superb senior quarterback in Zach Mettenberger, and Jennings worked his way up to No. 2.

I want to ask Bolden "Why LSU?" Mostly, I'd like to ask him about the 2011 season at Penn State.

3. Colby Delahoussaye, freshman kicker

A redshirt freshman makes 13 of 14 field goals, including a 49-yarder. That's pretty, pretty good.

Plus, his name just says LSU, doesn't it? Delahoussaye is from New Iberia, La.

Other Louisiana names on the Tigers' roster include Logan Boudreaux, Tommy LeBeau, Gabe Langlois, Josh Boutte and Trent Dominique.

LSU players come from Louisiana towns and villages called Dry Prong, White Castle, Ponchatoula and Waggaman.

Ponchatoula calls itself "The Strawberry Capital of the World." 

I must see these places someday.

4. Jamie Keehn, sophomore punter

Keehn is a 24-year-old sophomore from Australia, which is sending more and more punters this way. In fact, Keehn inherited the starting punting job at LSU from fellow Aussie Brad Wing, a left-footed punter who was first-team All-America in 2011. Wing entered the NFL draft as a junior, went undrafted, went to camp with the Philadelphia Eagles, and didn't stick.

Keehn didn't play high school football. He specialized in rowing and track and field, where he threw the javelin. "Specialized" is putting it mildly. He won the 2006 Oceania 18-under javelin title, and won 13 state rowing titles in high school.

This year's Ray Guy Award winner as the nation's top punter is Tom Hornsey of Memphis. He is from Geelong, Australia. Keehn is from Miners Rest.

The fact LSU is playing in the Outback Bowl is delicious irony for Keehn, wouldn't you say?

5. A'Trey-U Jones, senior defensive tackle

Yes, that's his name. A'Trey-U Jones. He is a walk-on. He was on at least one All-SEC name team.

He only played in three games this season, and his lone tackle came Oct. 26 against Furman.

I need to know more about this person. We do know he is from Tickfaw, La. Louisiana also has a Tickfaw State Park and Tickfaw River.

What goes on in Tickfaw? What possesses the people there to give their children names like A'Trey-U?

  

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