Ed Orgeron describes how OC Steve Ensminger has contributed to LSU's success
LSU’s re-tooled offense has been the story in college football this season. Much of the attention has gone to new passing game coordinator Joe Brady, but coach Ed Orgeron was asked about offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger this week following the 46-41 win over Alabama.
“He’s steady,” Orgeron said at his regular Monday press conference. “Steve doesn’t want any credit. Steve loves the LSU Tigers. I’ll never forget the day we needed an offensive coordinator, he said, ‘I’m going to do it.’ … Going on the plane, I told him we’ve got our guns loaded, we’re going to win this football game, I felt confident. When we got back, there were several thousand fans at the airport. He said, ‘Man. I ain’t never seen anything like it.’ He’s very proud, but he’s also humble. He’s on to work today, doesn’t want any credit. He’s a team player.”
Orgeron described Ensminger as “phenomenal” and “our general out there.”
Ensminger has deep roots at LSU as a former LSU quarterback, and he’s also been a coach on the LSU staff since 2010. Ensminger’s promotion to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2018 was his second stint running the LSU offensive as he was elevated to the role for the final eight games of the 2016 season.
Another aspect of the coaching staff has been Ensminger allowing Brady to come in and how they’ve managed the play calling and workload.
“He’s let Joe (Brady) be involved as much as I’ve ever seen an offensive coordinator get a passing game involved,” Orgeron said. “He’s very unselfish. Like our team.”