BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU football team has hired a veteran NFL special teams coordinator, but not to coordinate its special teams.
Ed Orgeron announced Thursday afternoon that he hired two-time NFL Special Teams Coach of the Year Bobby April to assist with LSU as an analyst, not as a coach. A Louisiana native, April most recently served as the special teams coach for the Tennessee Titans, who fired him in the middle of his first season on the job.
“Bobby April, who has coached in the NFL for many years, a great Louisianan that loves LSU, has been hired on as a consultant,” Orgeron said. “That means that he can consult in the film room with our coaches only. He will do no coaching on the field or off the field. But we are very proud to have Bobby April, one of the best in the business.”
Prior to joining LSU, April worked as a coach with nine NFL teams, most notably helping the St. Louis Rams reach the Super Bowl in 2003. In 2004 and 2008, April was named the NFL’s Special Teams Coach of the Year for his efforts on staff with the Buffalo Bills.
Contrary to reports that surfaced this morning, April will not be working as LSU’s special teams coordinator. That responsibility falls to Carter Blount, a graduate assistant. Blount will be aided by on-the-field coaches who will assist with the responsibility, per Orgeron.