Steve Ensminger, a former starting quarterback for LSU, enters his sixth year as the Tigers’ tight ends coach in 2015.
A 1982 graduate of LSU, Ensminger played quarterback for the Tigers under head coach Charlie McClendon from 1976-79. Ensminger played in three bowl games (Sun, Liberty, Tangerine) at LSU and has followed that by coaching in 15 bowl games as an assistant at the collegiate level.
The tight end position continues to be a major part of LSU’s offensive success whether it be in the running or passing game. In 2014, LSU tight ends combined for 12 catches, including the game-winning TD against Ole Miss, while also playing a prominent role in the Tigers averaging 225 rushing yards a game.
LSU’s group of 2013 tight ends played a key role in a Tiger offense that set a school-record with 37 rushing touchdowns. LSU averaged 453.3 total yards per game, which included 202.3 yards on the ground. In the passing game, LSU tight ends combined for 12 receptions for 211 yards with first-time starter Dillon Gordon leading the way with six catches for 88 yards.
Ensminger’s tight ends combined for 16 catches for 182 yards in 2012 in the passing game and they helped pave the way for a 173.7 yards per game rushing attack as the Tigers went 10-3 and finished the year ranked No. 12 in the nation.
In 2011, LSU tight ends combined for 28 receptions for 294 yards and three touchdowns. Deangelo Peterson led all tight ends with 18 catches for 179 yards and a score as the Tigers posted a 13-0 regular season record, claimed the SEC title and reached the BCS National Championship game that year.
In 2010, Ensminger coached a versatile group of tight ends who combined for 24 catches for 301 yard with Peterson leading the way with 16 receptions for 198 yards despite missing three games with an injury.
Ensminger joined the LSU staff after serving as an assistant coach at Auburn from 2003-08. Ensminger spent the 2009 season as the passing game coordinator at Smiths Station High School in Auburn, Ala.
During his six seasons at Auburn, Ensminger coached the quarterbacks one year (2003), followed by five years as the tight ends coach from 2004-08. As the quarterback coach at Auburn, Ensminger helped develop Jason Campbell, who went on to become an NFL first round draft pick.
While at Auburn, the Tigers led the SEC in scoring offense in both 2004 (32.1) and 2005 (32.2) and they were first in the league in total offense in 2005 (409.8).
Ensminger has also had major college coaching stops at Georgia (1991-93), Texas A&M (1994-96) and Clemson (1997-98).
At Georgia, he served as the quarterbacks coach as well as the passing game coordinator. In 1992, Georgia posted a 10-2 overall record and led the SEC in both scoring (32.0) and total offense (450.4).
Ensminger followed that with a three-year stint at Texas A&M where he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Aggies. The Aggies were 25-9-1 during Ensminger’s three years in College Station, which included a 10-0-1 mark in 1994 and a 9-3 record in 1995.
Following his three years at Texas A&M, Ensminger coached for two seasons at Clemson, holding the title of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Ensminger returned to Louisiana in 2000, serving as head coach at athletic director at Central High School for nearly three years before taking the wide receivers job at West Monroe High School for the 2002 season.
After a brief career in the NFL and CFL, Ensminger got his start in coaching in 1982 at Nicholls State as the receivers coach. After two years at Nicholls State, he moved to McNeese State as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 1984-86 followed by three years from 1988-90 at Louisiana Tech in the same capacity.
As a player at LSU, Ensminger threw for 2,770 yards and 16 touchdowns during his career with the Tigers. He was named Freshman All-SEC in 1976.
Ensminger, a native of Baton Rouge, is married to the former Amy Gonzales and the couple has three children – Krystalin, Brittany Rose and Steven – and one grandchild.
The Ensminger File
YEAR AT LSU: Sixth (appointed Feb. 25, 2010)
BIRTHDATE: September 15, 1958 in Baton Rouge, La.
WIFE: former Amy Gonzales
CHILDREN: Krystalin, Brittany Rose, and Steven
COLLEGE: LSU, 1982
1976-79 LSU (quarterback)
1982-83 Nicholls State (receivers)
1984-86 McNeese State (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks)
1988-90 Louisiana Tech (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks)
1991-93 Georgia (quarterbacks/passing game coordinator)
1994-96 Texas A&M (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks)
1997-98 Clemson (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks)
2000-02 Central High School (head coach/athletics director)
2002 West Monroe High School (wide receivers)
2003-08 Auburn (quarterbacks, 2003; tight ends 2004-08)
2009 Smiths Station High School (passing game coordinator)
2010- LSU (tight ends)
As a player
Year, Bowl, Team, Opponent, Results
1977, Sun, LSU, Stanford, L, 24-14
1978, Liberty, LSU, Missouri, L, 20-15
1979, Tangerine, LSU, Wake Forest, W, 34-10
As a coach
Season, Bowl, Team, Opponent, Results
1990, Independence, Louisiana Tech, Maryland, T, 34-34
1991, Independence, Georgia, Arkansas, W, 24-15
1992, Citrus, Georgia, Ohio State, W, 21-14
1995, Alamo, Texas A&M, Michigan, W, 22-20
1997, Peach, Clemson, Auburn, L, 21-17
2003, Music City, Auburn, Wisconsin, W, 28-14
2004, Sugar, Auburn, Virginia Tech, W, 16-13
2005, Capital One, Auburn, Wisconsin, L, 24-10
2006, Cotton, Auburn, Nebraska, W, 17-14
2007, Chick-fil-A, Auburn, Clemson, W, 23-20
2010, Cotton, LSU, Texas A&M, W, 41-24
2011, BCS, LSU, Alabama, L, 21-0
2012, Chick-fil-A, LSU, Clemson, L, 25-24
2013, Outback, LSU, Iowa, W, 21-14
2014, Music City, LSU, Notre Dame, L, 31-28