The LSU Tigers have found their next offensive line coach in former Virginia Tech Hokies assistant Jeff Grimes who replaces Greg Studrawa on Les Miles’ staff.
Extremely excited about the future here.It’s amazing the number of BIG-TIME OL coaches that have called today wanting to coach here! #Hokies
— Shane Beamer (@CoachSBeamer) January 15, 2014
The 45-year-old Grimes comes to LSU after one season with the Hokies as their offensive line coach and run game coordinator. Prior to his stop in Blacksburg, Grimes was on the coaching staff at Auburn from 2009-2012.
One of his colleagues at Auburn was Trooper Taylor who spoke on the hire today with The Advocate, “To hear him teach was amazing, the way he was able to teach and coach,” Taylor said when reached Wednesday. “LSU fans will be excited about watching that offensive line.”
Grimes has also coached at major college programs like Boise State, Arizona State, BYU and Colorado, but this will be his biggest opportunity yet and has some nice nice talent to work with in his first year.
LSU returns four starters along the offensive line led by left tackle La’el Collins who rebuffing the NFL draft, Vadal Alexander, Elliott Porter and Jerald Hawkins. Rising sophomore Ethan Pocic and former high four-star recruit will be one of the pet projects for Grimes heading into next season.
Coupled with the addition of Leonard Fournette, the No. 1 recruit in the nation and the return of Terrance Magee and the LSU run game should be pretty stout despite losing Jeremy Hill to the NFL.