The main goal of the LSU offense next season? To mirror the high-powered NFL attack located roughly 80 miles away.
LSU hopes new passing game coordinator Joe Brady can bring over some of the Who Dat magic he helped conjure with the New Orleans Saints for the last two years as an offensive assistant.
Last season, the Saints were third in the league in points (31.5) and sixth in rushing yards (126.6) en route to finishing within one victory of reaching the Super Bowl.
LSU ranked tenth in total offense in the SEC last season. However, so far in spring camp, LSU’s offense has been clicking on all cylinders.
“The quarterback knows exactly where to go with the ball,” LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda said to NOLA.com. “Those guys are prepared.”
Myles Brennan is taking the starter’s portion of snaps at quarterback while Joe Burrow works his way back from a January procedure on his left arm. However, Burrow is still heavily in non-contact work to learn the revised playbook.
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LSU coach Ed Orgeron describes the changes being honed this spring through different formations.
“We’re implementing the run-pass options that Joe brought in,” Orgeron said to NOLA.com. “We’re implementing the Saints’ passing game that Joe brought in.”
Brady will collaborate with offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger to assist in schematic ideas.
“Our guys believe in Joe,” Orgeron said to NOLA.com. “They believe in Steve. I think it’s a tremendous combination.”
Entering his second season at LSU, Burrow will see an increased workload behind center. Part of that will be providing more opportunities for Burrow in the running game. Burrow rushed for 554 yards on 86 carries (non-sack plays). With backup Myles Brennan returning to health, LSU will unleash Burrow to utilize his athleticism on the ground.
Orgeron also intends to let Burrow take more control of the hurry-up offense as well.
Orgeron praised Ja’Marr Chase, Stephen Sullivan and T.K. McClendon for their solid pass catching so far in the spring.
LSU defeated UCF in the Fiesta Bowl to finish last season ranked No. 7 in the AP poll. Since 2016, LSU has increased its win total by one game each season.
The potential of an explosive offense comparable to their in-state NFL neighbors could aid LSU in making an even bigger jump next season.
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“I really like the direction of our offense,” Orgeron said to NOLA.com. “We spread the ball around. They’re moving the ball to the receivers. Got the ball to our playmakers in space.”