BATON ROUGE — Ed Orgeron is returning to someone who helped him get to where he is today: LSU’s head football coach.
Orgeron is re-promoting old friend and LSU tight ends coach Steve Ensminger back to offensive coordinator, a position Ensminger held on an interim basis in 2016 and significantly helped Orgeron get promoted from interim head coach to head coach at the end of that regular season with a successful and, at times, impressive overall offense.
Ensminger was first reported as the likely replacement for fired offensive coordinator Matt Canada by the USA Today Network on Dec. 27. Canada was fired in principle late in the 2017 regular season before finishing out at the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1 with that and his financial settlement being confirmed by LSU last Saturday.
“Steve Ensminger has been promoted to offensive coordinator,” Orgeron announced Wednesday through a LSU Sports Information Department release. “In 2016, and in difficult circumstances, he put together one of the most explosive offenses LSU has ever seen. We did that with Steve Ensminger at the helm, and we’re going to do it again.”
Orgeron and Ensminger replaced head coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron after the fourth game of the season in 2016, respectively, and Ensminger’s offense averaged 464.8 yards a game over eight games – a figure that would have placed LSU No. 26 in the nation in total offense if extended over the season. Also if extended over the course of the entire season, the 464.8 yards a game would be the LSU record for total offense. The current record is 439.4 yards a game by LSU’s national championship team in 2007 when Gary Crowton was offensive coordinator and Matt Flynn was the quarterback. Under Ensminger, LSU also averaged 32 points a game in 2016, which would have placed it at No. 41 in the nation and in the top 10 all-time at LSU.
Ensminger, 59, will be introduced as LSU’s new offensive coordinator at a press conference at noon Thursday at LSU. He is a Baton Rouge native and former LSU quarterback (1976-79).
“I have in mind what we want on offense,” Orgeron said after the 45-21 win over Texas A&M in the regular season finale on Nov. 25 when asked what he would do if Canada did not return in 2018. “I’ve been to some good…