The 41-11 beating the LSU Tigers gave to the Florida Gators in 2011 featured a number of big plays, but it wasn’t the plays from Rueben Randle, Spencer Ware or Tyrann Mathieu that made stick out. The biggest play of the game, and an answer to a trivia question, was from LSU punter, Brad Wing who had a 52-yard run on a fake punt at the end of the first quarter.
The run in and of itself is pretty special considering you don’t see punters run with the ball very often and when they do it usually results with something very bad happening. But what Wing did was an epic display of swagger regardless of position as he raised his arms in jubilation moments before crossing the end zone which resulted in a 15-yard taunting penalty.
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This penalty was the first unsportsmanlike penalty to take points off the board under the new rule, but with LSU leading by 14-0 it was still pretty awesome to see Wing taunt the Gators with such confidence. LSU would settle for a Drew Alleman field goal on the drive, but it was worth it and provided an image LSU fans can recall every time they play Florida.
Maybe the Mad Hatter will go into his bag of tricks this Saturday and call a fake and we’ll see fellow Australian punter Jamie Keehn run up the sideline like Wing did in 2011. Heck, I’d love to see it, but considering LSU’s offense is so prolific, Keehn is only averaging three punts a game, so he may not get the chance.
Nevertheless, we can always watch Wing in his moment of glory and remember he had 12 fewer yards that Florida’s leading rusher, Mike Gillislee that lovely Saturday afternoon.