By CODY WORSHAM | Tiger Rag Editor
Steve Ensminger never cared much for college – outside of football, anyway. Hitting the books, he admits, wasn’t his thing.
But when duty called this season, Ensminger was right back in the books, as if the decades spanning his career as an LSU quarterback and an LSU coach had fused together seemlessly
“I had to be like the quarterbacks,” Ensminger told the media at a press conference in Orlando on Thursday, his first as LSU’s interim offensive coordinator, just days before his last game in the role. “On Thursday and Friday nights, I had to go home and I had to study, just like they did, on how I was going to call this play and what plays I wanted in these situations. I was studying again. I never liked college anyhow.”
Before he was LSU's OC, Steve Ensminger was its QB pic.twitter.com/wsSPcSIg87
— Cody Worsham (@CodyWorsham) December 16, 2016
Ensminger opened up with the press a little on Thursday, digging into his role over the past few weeks. He believes Coach O is the right man for the job. He believes Matt Canada is the right man to replace him. He still texts Les Miles every week. And he doesn’t know a thing about computers.
Here’s a bit of his conversation with the press. Read the full transcript here, provided by The Advocate.
Q. Have you told the stories to the players about that 1979 Tangerine Bowl that you played in here in Orlando?
A. I never tell stories about myself. I don’t share anything with these guys about myself, but I do remember, 1979, I was a senior that year. Coach (Charles) McClendon was our coach and we beat Wake Forest. We had a great time. It was the only time I’ve had a chance to go to Disney World. We put the Mickey Mouse ears on and had a hell of a time. These guys, they weren’t even born yet.
Ethan (Pocic) walked in and said, ‘You played with leather helmets?’ I said, ‘I’m not quite that old.’
Q. Just your thoughts on Danny Etling and next year.
A. Like all of the rest of them, we’re having a new quarterback coming in and he’ll have to compete for a job. Nothing is given to you on this team, but I’ve seen him improve. I think the thing our staff did, I think we did a great job of fitting our offense around him and what he can do and not ask him what he can’t do.
Q. Did you kind of know from the beginning, given the offensive struggles the last couple of years, that if Orgeron was going to get the job, he was going to have to make a splash and bring in new blood?
A. Yeah. I’ve been in the business long enough to know that. It was not an interview for me. I wanted to win. I wanted to win for those kids, that school, that state and for Coach O. I wasn’t interviewing for that job. I did know. I’ve been in this business long enough. I know what everybody wants. They want a splash. I said, ‘You know what? Do what you’ve got to do.’ I’m happy for him.