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Next in our series detailing the Aussies competing in the NCAA, Queensland native Jamie Keehn.
Jamie Keehn - Punter - Louisiana State University
The heir apparent to standout punter Brad Wing, Jamie Keehn has already had a strong start to his college career. During his freshman year in 2012 he replaced Wing in two games, punting a total of 12 times for a nice 43.7 yard per punt average, six punts over 50 yards and three placed inside the 20-yard line.
Like I said, a strong start. Keehn now takes over the starting job at LSU as a sophomore with Brad Wing moving into the NFL (Philadelphia Eagles).
Much like Wing, Keehn is an athlete (if you couldn't tell from his size), when growing up he competed at the national level in track and field, and also won a national championship as part of a rowing team.
Keehn was trained by Prokick Australia and after a three-day visit in early 2012 was signed with a full football scholarship. He joined LSU older than Wing, at 23, but seems more than capable of filling his big shoes as the Tigers' primary punter.
In Week 1 against North Texas (filling in for a hurt Wing) Keehn averaged 41 yards, with one booming for 51 yards. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of his performance in that game was on a fumbled snap (sailed over his head by the look of it) that he recovered and quickly punted for 38 yards.
Fortunately for us it was caught on tape:
He also came in for LSU's bowl game against Clemson, replacing the suspended Wing, and punted nine times for a 44.6 yard average, including a 58-yard monster. He punted for a total of 401 yards on that day. No small feat.
Keehn impressed in his two games so much he was named as LSU's 42nd best player of 2012 by Scout.com
Should he keep punting at the level we have seen -- granted, it's a small sample size -- there's every reason to think he'll be just as effective as Brad Wing was in previous seasons, and generate as much interest as he had when entering the pros.
We'll be sure to keep an eye on Keehn as he beings the season as LSU's starting punter.