BATON ROUGE, La. — As was reported earlier in the week, LSU officially promoted tight ends coach Steve Ensminger to offensive coordinator on Wednesday afternoon.
Ensminger, who has been on the LSU coaching staff since 2010, will take over for recently-departed offensive coordinator Matt Canada, who spent one year at LSU. Ensminger worked as LSU’s interim offensive coordinator for eight games in 2016 after the Tigers dismissed former OC Cam Cameron.
In his eight games as LSU’s interim offensive coordinator, Ensminger led the Tigers to 32 points and 465 yards per game, including 634 yards versus Missouri, LSU’s best single-game SEC effort ever, and the top two single-game rushing performances in school history courtesy of Derrius Guice (285 yards versus Texas A&M) and Leonard Fournette (284 yards versus Ole Miss).
In 2017, Ensminger went back to coaching tight ends and H-backs under Canada’s offense.
Ensminger played quarterback at LSU from 1977-79. His last full-time stint as an offensive coordinator came in 1997-98 when he held the post at Clemson. Prior to that, Ensminger worked as offensive coordinator at Texas A&M, Louisiana Tech and McNeese State. He has also worked at Auburn, Georgia and Nicholls State in his coaching career that spans 36 years.
LSU will hold a press conference to announce Ensminger as the Tigers’ next offensive coordinator on Thursday at noon CT. Stay posted to SEC Country for more updates about the Tigers’ search for a new offensive coaching staff as they arise throughout the week.
Steve Ensminger by the numbers
LSU stats under Ensminger in 2016:
- Points per game: 32.0
- Rushing yards per game: 253.6
- Passing yards per game: 211.3
- Total yards per game: 464.9
Ensminger’s college coaching resume:
- 1982-83 Nicholls State (receivers)
- 1984-86 McNeese State (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks)
- 1988-90 Louisiana Tech (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks)
- 1991-93 Georgia (quarterbacks/passing game coordinator)
- 1994-96 Texas A&M (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks)
- 1997-98 Clemson (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks)
- 2003-08 Auburn (quarterbacks, 2003; tight ends 2004-08)
- 2010-17 LSU (tight ends; offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, 2016; tight ends 2017)