LSU punter Brad Wing has spent much of the past few days replaying in his mind what could have been his first touchdown, and the momentary, yet premature, expression of joy that led officials to flag him for taunting and take the points off the board.
''I do think there's a large amount of disrespect in taunting and that's not what I'm about,'' Wing said Monday. ''I've never been anywhere near an end zone before. I was so excited and the emotion got the better of me ... and I made a silly mistake.''
Wing was the first player to be flagged under a new NCAA rule aimed at further curbing unsportsmanlike celebrations by disallowing touchdowns if the scoring player celebrates before crossing the goal line.
It happened on Saturday during LSU's 41-11 victory over Florida on a play which, strangely enough, never would have happened if Wing had not shown the good judgment to take off when he saw the Gators retreating prematurely to set up blocking for the punt return.
Coach Les Miles had...