In season, Coach O took some criticism for openly stating LSU didn’t currently have a capable kicker on the roster. LSU’s specialists were up and down throughout the year and O made it a priority to go out and get reinforcements. Yet, the 25-man cap on the signing class made things tricky, as the staff didn’t have room to pursue standard options. So, instead, they went hunting for graduate transfers and found one last night by the way of Cole Tracy:
Tracy is a kicker at Division II Assumption College and was named the Fred Mitchell Award Winner in 2017, which is award to the nation’s best kicker in FCS, Division II, Division III and the NJCAA.
Tracy gives the staff an immediate competition piece and the best part is he won’t count against the 25-man signing class. Tracy will be on scholarship, so he does count toward the 85-man cap, but because he is a graduate transfer, he won’t count against the total 25.
It also means the staff can now turn their eyes to 2019 kicking target Will Reichard, who is the nation’s top kicker in next year’s signing class. The Hoover native has already taken a couple visits to Baton Rouge, and should be recruited heavily by Greg McMahon, once he’s converted to a full staff member in January.
Orgeron delivers on a campaign promise here. #MLGA?