One of the biggest stories in college football this season is the relationship between LSU offensive assistants Steve Ensminger and Joe Brady. At the College Football Playoff press conference on Thursday, LSU coach Ed Orgeron was asked about Ensminger’s value and the dynamic of changing the offense.

“He’s the MVP,” Orgeron said. “Steve and I met, we knew we had to go to the spread. We wanted to find someone who could come in and put in the spread and be receptive to it. He’s older, he’s 61. Joe’s 30. They’ve worked together like brothers and they’ve been phenomenal. Steve calls most of the plays. He’s worked his tail off to learn the spread offense, he’s a general. Steve loves LSU, played at LSU, been at LSU a long time. He’s a very unselfish football coach … You have to crown him MVP of the whole deal.”

Earlier this week, Brady took home the Broyles Award, which annually goes to the top assistant in college football.

“This award should say Joe Brady/Steve Ensminger,” Brady said. “I’m only at LSU because of Steve Ensminger. I’ll never forget that.”

Orgeron has for several weeks said that Brady is in line for an updated contract when the season is over as he’s been mentioned as a hot name in coaching circles for a promotion or candidate for open jobs.