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LSU tight ends coach Steve Ensminger speaks with LSU tight end Foster Moreau (84) on the field before kickoff against Chattanooga, Saturday, September 9, 2017, at LSU's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

Steve Ensminger, announced as LSU's next offensive coordinator Wednesday, has been an FBS offensive coordinator, play-caller or pass game coordinator for a combined 10 seasons at four different schools.

Here’s a breakdown of those stops.

(does not include his interim roles at Auburn in 2008 and LSU in 2016)

Louisiana Tech (offensive coordinator/QBs coach)

Season

Offense rank

Run/pass rank

Run-pass split

1988

NA

NA

45-55

1989

63rd

56th/48th

55-45

1990

11th

20th/NA

57-43

The scoop: Ensminger became a sought-after coordinator by his final year, leaving to be UGA’s pass game coordinator. He produced consecutive 1,000-yard rushers for the first time in 40 years at Tech. In 1990, QB Gene Johnson and the Bulldogs eclipsed the 30-point mark in eight of 11 games to finish 8-3-1.



Georgia (pass game coordinator/QBs coach)

Season

Offense rank

Run/pass rank

Run-pass split

1991

34th

51st/32nd

55-45

1992

9th

11th/34th

63-37

1993

19th

93rd/8th

44-56

The scoop: Ensminger’s QB, Eric Zeier, led the SEC in passing in 1992 and in offense in 1993. The Bulldogs won 10 games in 1992 and improved on an offense ranked 101st in 1990 with Ensminger’s addition, something he used to jump to a full-time coordinator job at Texas A&M in 1994.

Texas A&M (offensive coordinator/QBs coach)

Season

Offense rank

Run/pass rank

Run-pass split

1994

61st

50th/63rd

62-38

1995

51st

46th/61st

58-42

1996

34th

NA

63-37

The scoop: Ensminger’s run-heavy attack in College Station ended in 1996 despite his best offensive performance. The Aggies finished 6-6 in ’96, and head coach R.C. Slocum fired him for a “difference of opinions” as one newspaper described it.  

Clemson (offensive coordinator/QBs coach)

Season

Offense rank

Run/pass rank

Run-pass split

1997

61st

46th/63rd

63-37

1998

93rd

90th/76th

58-42

The scoop: Ensminger was the third offensive coordinator under head coach Tommy West, and he was brought in to transform a one-dimensional unit and help save West’s job. It didn’t pan out. West and his entire staff were fired two years later.

Auburn (play-caller)

Season

Offense rank

Run/pass rank

Run-pass split

2003

61st

29th/83rd

63-37

The scoop: Ensminger was part of a heavily criticized and unusual offensive setup, serving as play-caller while O-line coach Hugh Nall coordinated the offense. The staff attempted to run the same pass-happy offense that ex-OC Bobby Petrino employed.


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