For the second time in as many seasons, LSU will unveil a new offense. The difference in 2018, according to Ed Orgeron, is continuity among his coaching staff.
“I totally trust our offensive staff,” Orgeron said on “After Further Review” on 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge.
Steve Ensminger takes over as offensive coordinator after Matt Canada spent one unceremonious season in Baton Rouge. During Orgeron’s interim stint in 2016, Ensminger led an LSU offense for eight games that averaged 32 points and 464 yards per game.
“In eight games, he broke seven records,” Orgeron said. “What a tremendous game day caller. What a tremendous planner, tireless worker. We’re on the same page.”
The same could not be said for Orgeron and Canada, whose frayed relationship resulted in a seven-figure buyout of Canada’s contract after his first year on the job. Orgeron admitted to tinkering with Canada’s offense early in the season after the Tigers lost at home to Troy. By hiring Ensminger, who is entering his ninth season as an assistant at his alma mater, Orgeron is handing his offense to someone he trusts.
“We formulated a plan on offense,” he said. “We had a blueprint that we all agreed on and obviously Steve has control of it. He does a tremendous job with it…I spend most of my time of defense. I just assist on offense when I get a chance. But I totally trust our offensive staff.”
Last month, Ensminger told reporters he installed roughly “50 percent” of the new offense through spring. That was before Ohio State quarterback transfer Joe Burrow was added to the roster to compete with the three other signal callers on the roster for the starting job.
LSU reports for fall camp August 3 and begins practice the following day. The Tigers open Year 2 under Orgeron Sunday, September 2 against Miami (FL) in Arlington, Texas.
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