LSU announced on Friday afternoon that punter Brad Wing and running back Spencer Ware have officially declared for the 2013 NFL Draft. The count is now at six LSU underclassmen who have declared thus far with the decisions of Barkevious Mingo, Sam Montgomery and others still looming.
Wing, who was suspended for the Tigers bowl game due to a violation of team rules, ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 1 punter for the 2013 NFL Draft and is viewed as a mid-round draft pick. A redshirt sophomore, Wing became the Tigers' starting punter last season and started 24 games the past two seasons. According to unconfirmed reports, he was suspended from the Chick-fil-A Bowl because of a failed drug test.
A native of Melbourne, Australia, Wing played one season of high school football as an exchange student before enrolling at LSU. He emerged as the starting punter in 2011 as a redshirt freshman, finishing second in the SEC with a 44.4 punt average. He attracted some notoriety last season after he drew a taunting penalty on a fake punt against Florida. His father, Dave, had a short career in the NFL with the Detroit Lions and spent a lot of time in NFL Europe.
After leading the team in rushing in 2011, Ware finished second on the team in carries (91) this season, but just fourth in rushing yards (358), averaging 3.9 yards per rush attempt. With a crowded running back depth chart, LSU used more of a RB-by-committee approach in 2012 as Ware had just two games with double-digit carries.