It appears that LSU offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger did not like what SEC Network analyst Greg McElroy had to say about LSU’s quarterback success. So naturally, he fired back with a graphic of a bunch of quarterbacks he didn’t coach, recruit or develop.
Earlier Tuesday, McElroy had some strong comments regarding the LSU quarterback position, given that the Tigers are trying to land Ohio State graduate transfer Joe Burrow.
“I would love to see LSU with a quarterback in my lifetime,” McElroy said. “Outside of JaMarcus Russell, name a quarterback. I thought [Zach] Mettenberger was really, really good, but they could only do so much with him because he would make some mistakes. I mean, I would love to see Joe Burrow be that guy.”
Shortly after these comments were made, Ensminger tweeted a graphic of a number of past LSU quarterbacks who were drafted. Ensminger points out that LSU is the only SEC school to have seven quarterbacks drafted in the last 20 years.
The problem is that the players drafted into the NFL haven’t exactly turned out to be stars. Or even starters. Or even viable backups.
“Competition breeds excellence.”
— Steve Ensminger (@SteveEnsminger) May 15, 2018
Below are the stats of the NFL quarterbacks and their draft position. Danny Etling, the most recent LSU quarterback taken, was selected with pick No. 216 in the seventh round.
Josh Booty: 0 passes attempted, pick No. 172
Rohan Davey: 8-of-19 passing, 88 yards, pick No. 117. The New England Patriots won two Super Bowls with Davey as a backup.
Matt Mauck: 15-of-27 passing, 136 yards, 0 touchdowns and 1 interception, pick No. 225
JaMarcus Russell: 354-of-680 passing, 4,083 yards, 18 touchdowns and 23 interceptions, No. 1 overall pick
Matt Flynn: 219-of-357 passing, 2,541 passing yards, 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, pick No. 209
Zach Mettenberger: 208-of-345 passing, 2,347 passing yards, 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, pick No. 178
Of the seven quarterbacks drafted, only one was taken in the top 100 picks of the draft. And that one — Russell — is largely considered one of the biggest busts in NFL history. None of the LSU quarterbacks have thrown for more than 18 touchdowns in their career. By comparison, former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson threw 19 touchdown passes in just seven games last season.
It’s also worth pointing out that Ensminger didn’t start coaching at LSU until 2010, and he led the tight ends. So really the only one of those quarterbacks that he’s worked with directly was Etling when Ensminger was the interim offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach in 2016.
When LSU fans saw this graphic, they weren’t exactly backing Ensminger’s point.
— Mick Hubris (@FakeMickHubert) May 15, 2018
this aint it dawg pic.twitter.com/PwI61RJr0J
— K.E.N.T (@1Broskie) May 15, 2018
— Cousin Eddie Mullen (@wes_yount) May 15, 2018
Over the last 20 years, LSU has won two national championships, one with Mauck and the other with Flynn at quarterback. McElroy’s comments might have been a bit unfair, but to respond with a graphic bragging about LSU’s production of NFL quarterbacks is laughable.