published Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Australian will win title

It will be well into Tuesday afternoon when Alabama and LSU kick off the BCS championship game.

At least that's the case for those in Australia wanting to watch Alabama defensive end Jesse Williams and LSU punter Brad Wing. Williams grew up playing rugby and soccer in Brisbane, while Wing played Australian Rules Football in Melbourne.

"I don't know if this has happened before, and I'm not sure if it ever will again," Wing said. "It's good for our country, and a lot of people back there are following it. We've got one at LSU and one at Alabama, and we're both playing in the biggest game in American college sports."

Wing, a 6-foot-3, 184-pound redshirt freshman, had a 73-yard punt in LSU's 9-6 win at Alabama and averaged 50.4 yards in eight punts during the 42-10 rout of Georgia in the SEC title game. He was named a first-team All-American by the Associated Press, and he made NCAA history by becoming the first player to violate the new rule on taunting.

The holder on field-goal attempts, Wing ran in a fake from 44 yards out against Florida but had the score negated.

"That was pretty crazy," Wing said. "It won't happen again."

Williams didn't start playing football until he was 15. He enrolled at Alabama last January out of Western Arizona Community College. The 6-4, 319-pound junior earned a starting job in spring practice and has amassed 22 tackles and four tackles for loss on the nation's No. 1 defense, a unit that allowed fewer than 240 yards against all eight of its SEC opponents.

With an Australian accent, is it difficult to talk smack in the trenches?

"I can probably think of some bad words, but I'm not going to," Williams said. "I haven't really talked smack to anyone."

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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