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Breakdown of LSU’s offensive coordinators (2000-16)

The renaissance of LSU football began with the hiring of Nick Saban as coach for the 2000 season.

Saban coached the Tigers for five seasons before leaving to become the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. Les Miles replaced Saban and enjoyed a mostly successful 11-plus year tenure which ended four games into the 2016 season.

Ed Orgeron was named the interim head coach when Miles was fired. At the end of the regular season, Orgeron was named the permanent head coach.

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A lack of a productive offense made it difficult for Miles to keep up with Alabama over the past five seasons. Orgeron must make sure his new coordinator develops an efficient offense.

There have been four full-time offensive coordinators in the past 17 seasons – Jimbo Fisher, Gary Crowton, Greg Studrawa and Cam Cameron. Steve Kragthorpe was hired as Crowton’s replacement, but he had to resign the position when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Studrawa was the interim offensive coordinator for one season before being given the job on a permanent basis. Studrawa was dismissed one year later and Cameron was hired. Cameron was fired along with Miles in late September this year. Steve Ensminger was the interim offensive coordinator.

The statistics indicate that LSU offenses were not consistently strong beginning with the 2000 season. The Tigers averaged four offensive touchdowns per game in six of the 17 campaigns – two under Fisher (2001, 2006), two under Cameron (2013, 2015) and one under Crowton (2007) and Studrawa (2011).

In two seasons, LSU averaged 200 yards per game rushing and passing – 2007 under Crowton and 2013 under Cameron. In three years, the Tigers completed 60 percent of their passes and had a 2-to-1 touchdown-interception ratio – 2003 under Fisher, 2011 under Studrawa and 2013 under Crowton.

On two occasions, LSU had a 2,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and a 1,000-yard receiver – 2003 under Fisher (Matt Mauck, Justin Vincent and Michael Clayton) and 2013 under Cameron (Zach Mettenberger, Jeremy Hill and Jarvis Landry/Odell Beckham).

In three of the five years in which the Tigers completed 60 percent of their passes, Fisher was the offensive coordinator – 64 percent in 2003, 60 percent in 2005 and 67 percent in 2006. Mauck was the No. 1 quarterback in 2003 and JaMarcus Russell was the No. 1 quarterback in 2005-06.

Here are LSU’s year-by-year offensive statistics from 2000-16 broken down according to the coordinators.

JIMBO FISHER (2000-2006)

2000

127.7 rushing yards per game

248.5 passing yards per game

52% completion rate

3.3 offensive touchdowns per game

Top rusher: LaBrandon Toefield – 187 carries, 760 yards, 5 touchdowns

Top passer: Josh Booty – 309 attempts, 153 completions, 49 percent, 2,231 yards, 17 touchdowns, 15 interceptions

Top receiver: Josh Reed – 74 catches, 1,223 yards, 11 touchdowns

2001

153.2 rushing yards per game

309.4 passing yards per game

58% completion rate

4.1 offensive touchdowns per game

Top rusher: LaBrandon Toefield – 230 carries, 992 yards, 19 touchdowns

Top passer: Rohan Davey – 420 attempts, 248 completions, 59 percent, 3,791 yards, 21 touchdowns, 10 interceptions

Top receiver: Josh Reed – 108 catches, 1,979 yards, 9 touchdowns

2002

196.9 rushing yards per game

153.1 passing yards per game

48% completion rate

2.7 offensive touchdowns per game

Top rusher: Domanick Davis – 193 carries, 931 yards, 7 touchdowns

Top passer: Marcus Randall – 181 attempts, 87 completions, 48 percent, 1,173 yards, 7 touchdowns, 5 interceptions

Top receiver: Michael Clayton – 57 catches, 749 yards, 5 touchdowns

2003

185.7 rushing yards per game

232.6 passing yards per game

64% completion rate

3.9 offensive touchdowns per game

Top rusher: Justin Vincent – 154 carries, 1,001 yards, 10 touchdowns

Top passer: Matt Mauck – 358 attempts, 229 completions, 64 percent, 2,825 yards, 28 touchdowns, 14 interceptions

Top receiver: Michael Clayton – 78 catches, 1,079 yards, 10 touchdowns

2004

193.8 rushing yards per game

201.8 passing yards per game

56% completion rate

3.3 offensive touchdowns per game

Top rusher: Alley Broussard – 142 carries, 867 yards, 10 touchdowns

Top passer: Marcus Randall – 162 attempts, 102 completions, 63 percent, 1,269 yards, 9 touchdowns, 6 interceptions

Top receiver: Craig Davis – 43 catches, 659 yards, 1 touchdown

2005

150.1 rushing yards per game

224.0 passing yards per game

60% completion rate

3.3 offensive touchdowns per game

Top rusher: Joe Addai – 187 carries, 911 yards, 9 touchdowns

Top passer: JaMarcus Russell – 311 attempts, 188 completions, 61 percent, 2,443 yards, 15 touchdowns, 9 interceptions

Top receiver: Dwayne Bowe – 41 catches, 710 yards, 9 touchdowns

2006

165.8 rushing yards per game

251.7 passing yards per game

67% completion rate

4.2 offensive touchdowns per game

Top rusher: Jacob Hester – 94 carries, 440 yards, 6 touchdowns

Top passer: JaMarcus Russell – 342 attempts, 232 completions, 68 percent, 3,129 yards, 28 touchdowns, 8 interceptions

Top receiver: Dwayne Bowe – 65 catches, 990 yards, 12 touchdowns

NOTES: Justin Vincent was the only 1,000-yard rusher under Fisher. . .LSU never averaged 200 rushing yards per game. . .The Tigers averaged 200 passing yards per game in all of Fisher’s seasons except 2002. . .In only three years did the No. 1 quarterback have a 2-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio – Rohan Davey in 2001, Matt Mauck in 2003 and JaMarcus Russell in 2006.

GARY CROWTON (2007-10)

2007

214.1 rushing yards per game

225.3 passing yards per game

58% completion rate

4.6 offensive touchdowns per game

Top rusher: Jacob Hester – 225 carries, 1,103 yards, 12 touchdowns

Top passer: Matt Flynn – 359 attempts, 202 completions, 56 percent, 2,407 yards, 21 touchdowns, 11 interceptions

Top receiver: Early Doucet – 57 catches, 525 yards, 5 touchdowns

2008

166.8 rushing yards per game

201.3 passing yards per game

53% completion rate

3.7 offensive touchdowns per game

Top rusher: Charles Scott – 217 carries, 1,174 yards, 18 touchdowns

Top passer: Jarrett Lee – 269 attempts, 143 completions, 53 percent, 1,873 yards, 14 touchdowns, 16 interceptions

Top receiver: Brandon LaFell – 63 catches, 929 yards, 8 touchdowns

2009

122.8 rushing yards per game

181.8 passing yards per game

59% completion rate

2.6 offensive touchdowns per game

Top rusher: Charles Scott – 116 carries, 542 yards, 4 touchdowns

Top passer: Jordan Jefferson – 296 attempts, 182 completions, 62 percent, 2,166 yards, 17 touchdowns, 7 interceptions

Top receiver: Brandon LaFell – 57 catches, 792 yards, 11 touchdowns

2010

185.7 rushing yards per game

155.6 passing yards per game

58% completion rate

3.0 offensive touchdowns per game

Top rusher: Stevan Ridley – 249 carries, 1,147 yards, 15 touchdowns

Top passer: Jordan Jefferson – 209 attempts, 118 completions, 57 percent, 1,411 yards, 7 touchdowns, 10 interceptions

Top receiver: Terrence Toliver – 41 catches, 579 yards, 5 touchdowns

NOTES: The offensive production decreased after Crowton’s first season. LSU averaged 4.6 touchdowns per game in 2007, but never averaged more than 3.7 touchdowns per game over the next three years. . .Crowton did have three 1,000-yard rushers – Jacob Hester in 2007, Charles Scott in 2008 and Stevan Ridley in 2010. . .Only one starting quarterback completed 60 percent of his passes and had a 2-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio – Jordan Jefferson in 2009.

GREG STUDRAWA (2011-12)

2011

202.6 rushing yards per game

152.5 passing yards per game

62% completion rate

4.0 offensive touchdowns per game

Top rusher: Michael Ford – 127 carries, 756 yards, 7 touchdowns

Top passer: Jarrett Lee – 167 attempts, 104 completions, 62 percent, 1,306 yards, 14 touchdowns, 3 interceptions

Top receiver: Rueben Randle – 53 catches, 917 yards, 8 touchdowns

2012

173.7 rushing yards per game

200.5 passing yards per game

58% completion rate

3.2 offensive touchdowns per game

Top rusher: Jeremy Hill – 142 carries, 755 yards, 12 touchdowns

Top passer: Zach Mettenberger – 352 attempts, 207 completions, 59 percent, 2,609 yards, 12 touchdowns, 7 interceptions

Top receiver: Jarvis Landry – 56 catches, 573 yards, 5 touchdowns

NOTES: The offense underachieved in Studrawa’s second year when it scored just 3.2 touchdowns per game. . .In neither of Studrawa’s two years did LSU have a running back who gained 800 yards. . .Jarrett Lee, the starter for most of the 2011 campaign, completed more than 60 percent of his passes and had nearly a 5-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

CAM CAMERON (2013-15)

2013

202.3 rushing yards per game

251.0 passing yards per game

63% completion rate

4.6 offensive touchdowns per game

Top rusher: Jeremy Hill – 203 carries, 1,401 yards, 16 touchdowns

Top passer: Zach Mettenberger – 296 attempts, 192 completions, 65 percent, 3,082 yards, 22 touchdowns, 8 interceptions

Top receiver: Jarvis Landry – 77 catches, 1,193 yards, 10 touchdowns

2014

224.5 rushing yards per game

162.9 passing yards per game

50% completion rate

3.2 offensive touchdowns per game

Top rusher: Leonard Fournette – 187 carries, 1,034 yards, 10 touchdowns

Top passer: Anthony Jennings – 227 attempts, 111 completions, 49 percent, 1,611 yards, 11 touchdowns, 7 interceptions

Top receiver: Travin Dural – 37 catches, 758 yards, 7 touchdowns

2015

256.8 rushing yards per game

180.4 passing yards per game

54% completion rate

4.1 offensive touchdowns per game

Top rusher: Leonard Fournette – 300 carries, 1,953 yards, 22 touchdowns

Top passer: Brandon Harris – 277 attempts, 149 completions, 54 percent, 2,165 yards, 13 touchdowns, 6 interceptions

Top receiver: Malachi Dupre – 43 catches, 698 yards, 6 touchdowns

NOTES: A case could be made that the 2013 offense under Cameron has been LSU’s best since the start of the 2000 season. Of course, that offense was filled with players who started games in the NFL – wide receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham, guard Trai Turner, tackle La’El Collins, quarterback Zach Mettenberger and running back Jeremy Hill. . .The passing game’s effectiveness under Cameron declined after his first year. Anthony Jennings completed 49 percent of his passes in 2014 and Brandon Harris completed 54 percent of his passes in 2015. . .Thanks to Leonard Fournette’s outstanding year, the Tigers averaged 4.1 offensive touchdowns per game in 2015.

CAM CAMERON/STEVE ENSMINGER (2016)

2016

238.1 rushing yards per game

187.6 passing yards per game

59% completion rate

3.5 offensive touchdowns per game

Top rusher: Derrius Guice – 157 carries, 1,249 yards, 14 touchdowns

Top passer: Danny Etling – 240 attempts, 144 completions, 60 percent, 1,906 yards, 9 touchdowns, 4 interceptions

Top receiver: Malachi Dupre – 34 catches, 454 yards, 3 touchdowns

NOTES: The offensive production increased after Ensminger took over for Cameron after the first four games. However, the Tigers scored just a total of ten points in losses to Alabama and Florida with Ensminger as the offensive coordinator.