LSU Football: Offensive coordinator Jake Peetz has a unique way of energizing players

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LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron hired Jake Peetz this past winter to serve as the Tigers’ offensive coordinator because of the style of play the young play-caller will help bring to Baton Rouge.

Peetz served on the Carolina Panthers’ staff in 2020 alongside former LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady.

Brady was the Panthers’ offensive coordinator, while Peetz was the quarterbacks coach.

Orgeron is hoping Peetz can bring a version of Brady’s 2019 Tigers offense to LSU in 2021.

So far, Peetz is doing exactly what Coach O was hoping he’d do.

Sophomore quarterback TJ Finley spoke to reporters on Thursday and he described an offense that sounds a lot like the offense that carried LSU to a national championship in 2019.

“The genesis of our offense is basically to get our athletes in space…and get them the ball and let them make plays,” said Finley on Thursday (via Jerit Roser).

A great offensive approach isn’t the only thing Peetz has brought to LSU this spring.

LSU football OC Jake Peetz is bringing the energy

In addition to running a great offense, Peetz is also a coach who knows how to energize players.

The former NFL assistant isn’t afraid to flip some tables to get players fired up according to Finley.

“He’s a very energetic guy,” said Finley. “He just goes in each position room and flips tables, throws bottles, gets everyone pumped for practice.”

I absolutely love this. College football players feed off the energy from coaches and fans.

In practice, there are no fans. It’s just players and coaches. It can be tough to grind through practices and keep a high level of intensity.

Peetz, however, is making sure that LSU isn’t short on energy during practice.

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This might not seem like a big deal, but little things like Peetz’s intensity in April could make a big difference come this fall when players have to dig deep in the middle of a tough game and give it everything they got. Peetz is instilling that mindset now, so the Tigers will be prepared this season when it matters most.