Ed Orgeron may have already filled one of LSU football’s vacant assistant coaching roles.
LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron has reportedly made an assistant coaching hire.
Well, kind of.
Football Scoop reported on Thursday that Orgeron is expected to promote offensive analyst Russ Callaway to an on-field role.
Callaway joined LSU’s staff prior to 2020 after serving as Samford’s offensive coordinator.
Where will Callaway fit in on LSU football’s staff?
It’s unclear what position Callaway will coach for LSU in 2020, though it would make sense for him to coach quarterbacks.
Steve Ensminger coached quarterbacks for the Tigers for the last three seasons. Callaway worked closely with Ensminger, so this would seemingly be a seamless transition for the program.
It’s also possible that Callaway could serve as LSU’s new passing game coordinator. The Tigers are in need of a new passing game coordinator after parting ways with Scott Linehan (who was hired prior to the 2020 season to replace Joe Brady).
Promoting Callaway is a really smart move by Orgeron. Callaway was going to be an in-demand assistant this offseason. This move ensures that he’ll stay in Baton Rouge.
Everyone is trying to find the next Joe Brady. Callaway is a well thought of coach that has experience at LSU. That alone makes him an attractive option for programs hoping to revolutionize their offense.
But while Coach O thinks a lot of Callaway, I don’t expect him to promote the young assistant to the offensive coordinator role. LSU needs someone with experience in that role.
Callaway has play-calling experience at Samford, but I think the Tigers will look for someone with play-calling experience at the Power 5 level.