LSU Football has been on a tear to start the season, staying 5-0 in September. But who is the team MVP for the month?
Going into the 2018 season, we knew there was talent on this LSU football team. We knew there was hope for a good year. Some of the biggest question marks over the offseason included who would start at quarterback, who would take play calling duties, and would Ed Orgeron prove to be the right man for the Tigers.
We got answers pretty quickly to most of those questions, with Joe Burrow and Steve Ensminger being those answers. But the questions about Coach O? We would find those out in September. There was two Top 10 teams and a 3 other tough games all in one month. There was a team that needed a leader and someone to lead them from the misery of the season prior.
We got our answer.
As I have written previously, it is no secret that I credit the team success to him. Is the team talented? Yes. So of course its easy to discredit the coach. But when you look around the SEC, there are plenty of talented teams that aren’t winning. Look at Mississippi State for example, a team loaded with NFL talent but is 0-2 in SEC play after losses to Kentucky and Florida. Without the right man in charge, you don’t go out there and win football games. Coaches can out coach other coaches and that is how win football games in the SEC.
Ed Orgeron has coached at a high level since he arrived, but his success really started with the firing of Matt Canada. The promotion of Steve Ensminger gave a breath of life into this team, making the offense more than one dimensional. Joe Burrow announced his transfer intentions and could have gone to a number of teams in the country, and Coach O made sure he called Baton Rouge his home. He has made this team not just buy into his system, but buy into LSU as a whole. This is a team built for the fans and the beautiful state of Louisiana, and he has brought that back to LSU football.
Looking at September alone, there were a lot of potential prospects for the Death Valley Voice MVP, but there is no stat on the field that means more than 5-0. Beyond that, he isn’t just winning on the field, he is winning off of it. This team is arguably one of the hottest teams in the country and it feels good to say that the Tigers are back and here to stay. And we can say that with certainty thanks to Coach Ed Orgeron.
Our September MVP: Ed Orgeron