Steve Ensminger: 5 facts on the LSU football offensive coordinator, former quarterback
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — LSU football's offense seems to have turned a corner this season, ranking as one of the top scoring units in college football.
Second-year offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger is the man behind the transformation.
Here is some basic information on the Tigers' offensive guru:
- Experience: nine years with LSU
- Age: 61 years old (born Sept. 15, 1958)
Now, learn four more facts on Ensminger.
Steve Ensminger took over as offensive coordinator in 2018
Before taking over the LSU offense, Ensminger was the Tigers' tight ends coach in 2017.
In 2018, his first season in charge of the offense, the Tigers averaged 32.4 points per game — just more than a five-point improvement from 2017, when the Tigers ranked 76th in college football. The Tigers also averaged more than 400 yards per game in 2018.
LSU scored 40 points or more on four occasions that year, including a 72-point outing against Texas A&M on Nov. 4, 2018.
2018 wasn't Ensminger's first season calling plays, however. He served as LSU's offensive coordinator in the final eight games of the 2016 season.
Steve Ensminger's daughter-in-law Carley McCord died in a plane crash
Prior to LSU football's game against Oklahoma in the 2019 Peach Bowl, Ensminger's daughter-in-law, Carley McCord, died in a plane crash.
McCord was married to Ensminger's son, Steve Ensminger Jr.
In total, five people were killed in the plane crash, and others were injured.
Ensminger played quarterback for LSU football
Playing for former Tiger head coach Charlie McClendon, Ensminger appeared in a trio of bowl games for LSU — the 1977 Sun Bowl, 1978 Liberty Bowl, and 1979 Tangerine Bowl.
He played for the Tigers from 1976-79. LSU went 29-17 those four years.
Ensminger finished his playing career with 2,769 passing yards, 16 touchdowns, and 18 interceptions.
Ensminger says playing quarterback is 'like riding a bike'
Upon being introduced as LSU's offensive coordinator in 2018, Ensminger spoke about his experience in the world of quarterbacks.
"You know, it’s kind of like riding a bike," he said. "Hell, you don’t forget how to be a quarterback. You don’t forget the three-step drop, the five-step drop. You don’t forget how to throw a damn out route or a curl route or anything else."
Ensminger coached at Georgia, Texas A&M, and Clemson
In between his playing days and coaching days with LSU, Ensminger made stops at some of college football's top programs.
Ensminger served as Georgia's passing game coordinator from 1991-93, Texas A&M's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 1994-96, and Clemson's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 1997-98.
Adam Hensley is a digital producer with the USA Today Network. You can follow him on Twitter @A_Hens83
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