The longest-tenured assistant coach on the LSU staff, Greg Studrawa enters his seventh year with the Tigers in 2013. Studrawa returned to coaching primarily the offensive line in the spring of 2013 after serving in a dual capacity of offensive coordinator and offensive line coach in 2011 and 2012. In his two years as LSU’s offensive coordinator, Studrawa helped the Tigers to a 23-4 overall mark, and during his six years on the staff, LSU is 63-17.
Studrawa was elevated to offensive coordinator in August of 2011 when Steve Kragthorpe was diagnosed with Parkinson ’s disease and the transition appeared to be seamless as LSU went 13-1, claimed the SEC title and reached the BCS National Championship Game in his first year directing the offense.
Last year, the Tigers, despite a rash of injuries on the offensive line along with a first-time starter at quarterback, went 10-3 overall with the three losses coming by a combined 13 points. LSU scored 40 or more points four times in 2012 as the Tigers averaged 374 yards per game (173 rushing, 201 passing).
Studrawa’s first year as LSU’s offensive coordinator was a huge success as the Tigers scored a school-record 40 or more points nine times, winning 12 of their 13 games by double-figures. Offensively, the Tigers used its running game to set the tone for everything they did as LSU is averaged 202 yards a contest on the ground. Four running backs accounted for seven or more rushing TDs – a first in school history – while four different players took their turn leading the team in rushing in games in 2011. For the first time since 1997, LSU had three running backs with over 500 yards to their credit, led by Michael Ford’s 756 yards. LSU tied a school-record with 35 rushing TDs in 2011.
LSU added to its legacy of producing outstanding offensive linemen in 2011 as senior guard Will Blackwell earned first-team All-America honors. Blackwell was joined on the first team All-SEC unit by junior tackle Alex Hurst.
In six years under Studrawa, LSU has produced six All-SEC performers as well as two first-team All-Americans (Blackwell and Herman Johnson in 2008) and a second-team All-America (Ciron Black in 2009) on the offensive line. Black, who started a school-record 53 straight games for the Tigers, was awarded the prestigious Jacobs Blocking Trophy in 2009, which goes to the top offensive lineman in the SEC.
In 2010, Joseph Barksdale added his name to the list of standout offensive linemen for the Tigers, earning second team All-SEC honors before being selected in the third round of the NFL Draft. Barksdale led a 2010 Tiger line that saw six different players start at right guard and right tackle due to injuries as the Tigers used four different lineups over the last five games of the season. With nine different players starting at least one game on the line in 2010, LSU still managed to rank fourth in the SEC in rushing yards (185.7) and fifth in the league in sacks allowed (24).
In his six years at LSU, Studrawa’s line has paved the way for three 1,000-yard backs – Jacob Hester in 2007, Charles Scott in 2008 and Stevan Ridley in 2010.
In his first year with the Tigers in 2007, Studrawa helped mold the Tiger offensive line into one of the most consistent in the SEC as LSU went on to capture both the national and league titles that year Featuring a pair of first time starters at right guard (Lyle Hitt) and right tackle (Carnell Stewart), LSU averaged nearly 440 yards of offense per game, including 214.1 yards a game on the ground. As a unit, the Tiger offense set a total of 10 school records in 2007, including total points and total yards.
Prior to joining LSU, Studrawa held the position of offensive coordinator at Bowling Green from 2003-06, overseeing some of the top offenses at both the national and Mid-America Conference level during that time. He was also the assistant head coach for the Falcons during the 2006 season.
In his four years as the offensive coordinator, Bowling Green played in two bowl games – beating Northwestern, 28-24, in the 2003 Motor City Bowl and defeating Memphis, 52-35, in the 2004 GMAC Bowl - and posted a combined record of 30-19. Studrawa also helped lead the Falcons to two of the biggest wins in school history as they beat 16th-ranked Purdue, 27-26, in 2003 and followed that with a 34-18 victory over 12th-ranked Northern Illinois later that year.
In 2005, Studrawa led a Bowling Green offense that ranked second in the MAC in both passing (283.9) and scoring (33.8) and was third in the league in pass efficiency (142.4).
In 2004, BGSU finished second nationally in total offense with a MAC record 506.3 yards per game. In 2004, the Falcons had four games of scoring at least 50 points as they averaged 49.4 points over their final nine games of the season.
Individually, quarterback Omar Jacobs was named the 2004 MAC Offensive Player of the Year after leading the nation in TD passes with a league record 41. Jacobs was second in the nation in passing yards per game as well as total offense and set an NCAA record with a 41:4 TD-interception ratio. Jacobs went on to become a fifth round NFL Draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006.
Studrawa also guided an offensive line that allowed a league-low 11 sacks in 2004 as three members of that interior line were named All-MAC, including center Scott Mruczkowski, who was selected in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers where he is currently a starter on the offensive line.
In his first year as Bowling Green’s offensive coordinator, Studrawa guided the Falcon offense to a No. 3 national ranking in total offense. The Falcons were also ranked 11th nationally in passing, 14th in pass efficiency and No. 18 in rushing.
The 2003 Bowling Green offense broke a total of 10 school records during the season – six team and four individual – on its way to an 11-3 overall mark, which was capped with a 28-24 win over Big Ten member Northwestern in the Motor City Bowl.
Studrawa served as the offensive line coach at Bowling Green in 2001 and 2002 before being elevated to the offensive coordinator position in 2003.
Prior to his return to Bowling Green, he spent three years as the offensive line coach at Arkansas State. Other coaching stops for Studrawa include serving as an offensive line coach at Cincinnati in 1989 and 1990 as well as holding offensive coordinator duties at Wilmington (Ohio) College from 1991-96. He followed that with a one year stint as a graduate assistant at Ohio State in 1997.
As a player, Studrawa was a two-year starter at left tackle for Bowling Green in 1986 and 1987. Studrawa was named the recipient of Bowling Green’s Coaches Award following the 1987 season for his outstanding attitude toward Falcon football. Studrawa is a 1987 graduate of Bowling Green.
A native of Fostoria, Ohio, he is a graduate of St. Wendelin High School where he was a first-team All-Ohio selection as a senior. Born on Nov. 3, 1964, Studrawa and his wife Cindy have three daughters – Samantha, Katelin, and Allison.
The Greg Studrawa File
YEAR AT LSU: Seventh (appointed Jan. 20, 2007)
BIRTHDATE: Nov. 3, 1964, in Fostoria, Ohio
CHILDREN: Samantha, Katelin, Allison
HIGH SCHOOL: Wendelin (Ohio) High School
COLLEGE: Bowling Green, '87
1984-87 - Bowling Green (offensive tackle)
1989-90 - Cincinnati (assistant offensive line)
1991-96 - Wilmington (offensive coordinator)
1997 - Ohio State (graduate assistant – offense)
1998-2000 - Arkansas State (offensive line)
2001-06 - Bowling Green (offensive line, 2001-02; offensive coordinator/offensive line, 2003-05; assistant head coach/offensive coordinator, 2006)
2007-13 - LSU (offensive line, 2007-10; offensive coordinator/offensive line, 2011-12; offensive line, 2013))
Year, Bowl, Team, Opponent, Results
1998, Sugar, Ohio State, Florida State, L, 31-14
2003, Motor City, Bowling Green, Northwestern, W, 28-24
2004, GMAC, Bowling Green, Memphis, W, 52-35
2008, BCS Natl. Champ., LSU, Ohio State, W, 38-24
2008, Chick-fil-A, LSU, Georgia Tech, W, 38-3
2010, Capital One, LSU, Penn State, L, 19-17
2011, Cotton, LSU, Texas A&M, W, 41-24
2012, BCS, LSU, Alabama, L, 21-0
2012, Chick-fil-A, LSU, Clemson, L, 25-24