What we learned from Steve Ensminger’s introductory LSU press conference
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LSU introduced former tight ends coach Steve Ensminger as its next offensive coordinator Thursday afternoon, ending any and all speculation about the direction LSU’s offense was headed. As you’d expect, Ensminger and coach Ed Orgeron spewed plenty of coachspeak in the press conference. But there were also some nuggets of truth.
Here are three things we learned from Ensminger’s introductory presser:
1. The quarterback competition is wide open
Myles Brennan might be LSU’s next starting quarterback. Or it might be Lowell Narcisse. Or it could even be Justin McMillan. Ensminger was adamant that all three will get a chance in the spring. Until then, the competition should be fierce.
2. Ensminger wants to collaborate
Ensminger said he isn’t going to make any terminology decisions without first consulting his offensive staff. This seems to be a stark contrast from Matt Canada’s philosophy in 2017.
3. Tee Martin’s people reached out to LSU
Orgeron said USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin’s agent reached out to him to gauge interest in the job. Orgeron thanked the agent for the call but said he was content with Ensminger.
If you prefer your analysis to be in the form of a song, here’s my college football parody of Ensminger’s hire, set to the tune of six songs of The Beatles’ White Album.
Another coaching move
In addition to the Ensminger introduction, LSU also announced the hire of Jerry Sullivan as a senior offensive consultant and passing game coordinator.
A longtime veteran of the NFL coaching ranks, Sullivan came to LSU in 2017 as an offensive consultant, meaning he was allowed to coach the coaches, not the players. Prior to LSU, Sullivan coached with the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars for the better part of the last two decades.
In declaration news
One more LSU underclassman declared for the NFL draft on Thursday. Center Will Clapp became the sixth LSU junior to forgo his senior season and put his name in the NFL lottery, joining running back Derrius Guice, outside linebacker Arden Key, offensive tackle Toby Weathersby and cornerbacks Donte Jackson and Kevin Toliver II.
— Will Clapp (@w_clapp) January 11, 2018
Elsewhere in declaration news, junior safety John Battle and junior guard Garrett Brumfield teased LSU fans with tweets of their own.
— John Battle IV 🦇 (@JBIV000) January 12, 2018
Big facts https://t.co/peBqjPlkvZ
— Garrett Brumfield (@thisisbruiser) January 12, 2018
Speaking of Derrius Guice
In an attempt to remember Guice’s contributions to LSU on the occasion of his declaration, I ranked my picks for the 10 best plays of Guice’s LSU career. You can find that countdown here.
But here’s a little taste. This might not be my pick for No. 1, but it’s definitely my favorite Guice play ever.
Your weekly non-revenue LSU sports primer
There’s plenty going on in LSU athletics this weekend. Here’s a schedule:
- Men’s basketball hosts Alabama on Saturday in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Action begins at 7:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on the SEC Network.
- No. 1 LSU gymnastics visits No. 7 Florida on Friday beginning at 7 p.m. CT. The meet will be televised on the SEC Network.
- The women’s basketball team also visits Gainesville, Fla., this weekend, taking on the Gators on Sunday at noon on the SEC Network.
- Swimming and diving travels to Athens, Ga., on Saturday.
- Track and field visits Lubbock, Texas, for the Corky Classic.
In NFLSU news
Eight teams remain in the NFL playoffs. Those eight teams, which all play this weekend, have 13 former LSU players on them. In case you need to know who to root for, here’s your list:
- Atlanta Falcons linebacker Deion Jones
- Atlanta Falcons linebacker Duke Riley
- Atlanta Falcons running back Terrence Magee
- Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette
- New Orleans Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux
- New Orleans Saints receiver Travin Dural
- Philadelphia Eagles punter Donnie Jones
- Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Jalen Mills
- New England Patriots defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois
- Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Jerald Hawkins
- Pittsburgh Steelers running back Stevan Ridley
- Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter
- Minnesota Vikings linebacker Tashawn Bower
Breaux is on injured reserve. Dural is on the Saints’ practice squad.
Today in made-up holidays
According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, Jan. 12 is National Kiss A Ginger Day. So, if there’s a redhead in your life, give him or her a kiss. Consensually. That goes without saying.
If you know a person named Ginger, I guess that applies, too. Or if you’re watching Gilligan’s Island reruns, you can kiss your television set when Ginger shows up. But that might be a little creepy. Might be more acceptable to meet a redhead.