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Posted: Sunday, 02 October 2016 11:46PM

Steve Ensminger dialed up a masterpiece in record-setting debut



Perhaps playcalling is like riding a bike.

The type of task that once you know how you do it, you never forget. No matter how long you may go without doing so. You turn the headset on, bust out the old play sheet and boom, you’re off and rolling

How else could one explain the job Steve Ensminger did in his first night as LSU’s interim offensive coordinator?

The veteran coach hadn’t called plays since 1998, when he was Clemson’s offensive coordinator. Clemson finished that ‘98 season 3-8 (1-7 in ACC play) with an offense that averaged just 19.8 points per game.

Promoted from tight ends coach five days earlier by Ed Orgeron, Ensminger had all of five practices to revive the same stagnant offense that ultimately got Les Miles and Cam Cameron fired amid a frustrating 2-2 start to the season.

That seemed like a tall order in and of itself. On, and do it without All-American tailback Leonard Fournette and starting right tackle Toby Weathersby. By the way, at one point in the game both starting guards will also be on the sidelines.

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