“Opening a lot of eyes”; How LSU’s freshman kickoff specialist blasted his way to the big stage

Southeastern Louisiana’s kick returners watched like helpless center fielders as the football landed beyond the metal fence in Tiger Stadium’s north end zone.

A front-row patron in a white visor caught the ball and ran back and forth with his unexpected souvenir.

Avery Atkins smiled wide as he jogged off the field against Southeastern — a freshman kickoff specialist who was making a habit of creating did-he-just-do-that moments.

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