9 things LSU fans should be thankful for

Amos Morale III
November 27, 2019 - 4:45 pm

Oyster dressing, along with a bowl of gumbo, is a must have for Ed Orgeron at Thanksgiving. However, Louisiana’s oyster supply is low this year. But as Orgeron joked, there are perks that come with running the state’s most popular college football program.

“When you’re the head coach at LSU you can get at least a gallon,” Orgeron said with a laugh.

Jokes aside Orgeron said that being the Tigers coach is one of several things he’s thankful for this year.

“I’m thankful for my family.  I’m thankful for God. I’m thankful for this football team.  I’m thankful for the great state of Louisiana and most of all thankful being the head coach at LSU,” he said.

Tiger fans across the country are likely just as thankful Orgeron is running the program.  But with No. 2 LSU in the midst of it’s best season since 2011, Tiger fans have several things to be thankful for.

Here are nine things LSU fans should be thankful for:

Dwayne Haskins:  The current Washington quarterback was a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.  Prior to that he threw for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns at Ohio State.  Tiger fans should be thankful for that, because in order to post those monster numbers, Haskins had to beat out LSU’s current Heisman Trophy candidate Joe Burrow to earn the Buckeyes starting job.  Without Haskins, playing as well as he did, Burrow likely wouldn’t have been inspired to transfer and LSU fans wouldn’t be watching the senior shatter school records on a weekly basis. 

Joe Burrow:  Orgeron called Burrow one of the most important recruits in program history.  The Ohio native has captured nearly every single-season passing record LSU has and is closing in on several SEC records as well.  He’s the first quarterback in the conference’s history to throw for 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns in a season.  Burrow is the front runner for the Heisman Trophy, a finalist for the Davey O’Brien Award (Nation’s Best Quarterback) and the Maxwell Award (College Football Player of the Year), and some draft projections have him as the top overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Joe Brady:  The former Saints assistant is in his first season with LSU and is a semifinalist for the 2019 Broyles Award, which is presented to the top assistant coach in college football.  Along with offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger, the Tigers passing game coordinator helped LSU move to a spread offense and the LSU record book has been completely rewritten.  LSU’s passing offense ranks second in all of college football averaging 386.8 yards per game.  And with at least three games to play, the Tigers have broken the school record for total yards in a season (6,173) and passing yards in a season (4,255). 

Steve Ensminger:  Ed Orgeron said recently that fans shouldn’t forget about Ensminger.  He and Joe Brady worked together to revamp the LSU offense. Under their direction Joe Burrow has the first quarterback in SEC history to throw for 4,000 yards and 40 TDs in a season and LSU is also the first program in conference history to have a 4,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers in the same year.

Ja’Marr Chase:  Chase is one of the receivers who’s topped 1,000 yards for Burrow and the LSU offense.  He’s also currently holds the record for touchdown receptions in a season with 15 and needs three more to have the most in SEC history for a single season.  The former Rummel star has been a big play threat all season.  He isn’t leading LSU in catches, but has team bests in nearly every other category.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire:  The running back took over the starting role after LSU graduated last season’s leading rusher, Nick Brossette, and last Saturday he became the 14th player in school history to run 1,000 yards.  Edwards-Helaire is also the team's third leading receiver and his 39 catches are the second most ever by a running back in a single season at LSU.

Jacoby Stevens:  LSU’s defense hasn’t been the dominant force fans are used to seeing, but don’t tell JaCoby Stevens that.  The defensive back is having an All-American calibre year.  Stevens is second on the team with 73 tackles, has seven passes defended, two interceptions and is leading LSU with five sacks.  The Tigers have dealt with injuries in their secondary, but Stevens has consistently produced for LSU. 

Cade York:  LSU graduated one of the best kickers in program history last season and replaced him with York, one of the top special teams prospects in this year’s class.  The Under Armour All-American hit 84 percent of his kicks and even has hit one from 50-plus yards this season.

Les Miles:  Why is the head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks on this list?  He hired LSU’s current coach Ed Orgeron to the Tigers staff in 2016. Orgeron was eventually named the Tigers interim coach that season, before being offered the job following that season. Without Les, Orgeron is not LSU's head coach. 



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