LSU Football’s energy is on a championship level entering the 2021 season

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LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron has talked a lot about the Tigers’ improved energy this offseason.

The Tigers struggled in 2020 for a myriad of reasons. The defense didn’t play up to expectations under defensive coordinator Bo Pelini. And the offense had to deal with three different starting quarterbacks.

On top of the on-field issues, there were also reports of a “fractured locker room”.

Orgeron didn’t take any chances this offseason — he worked quickly to fix the problems that plagued LSU in 2020. Coach O hired young assistants who brought “youthful energy” to the sidelines (that included replacing Pelini with Daronte Jones as defensive coordinator).

Those decisions already appear to be paying off. The Tigers’ energy is on a championship level entering the 2021 season.

LSU football quarterback Max Johnson brought the energy on Saturday

We saw a great example of LSU’s championship-level energy on Saturday.

Sophomore quarterback Max Johnson — the Tigers’ starting quarterback — displayed elite energy and leadership while leading LSU in warmups.

Check it out (via LSU’s official Twitter account):

This is incredible to see. Johnson is clearly ready to lead this team into battle.

Obviously, it takes more than great energy to win games in the SEC. But if energy and leadership aren’t present, then a program doesn’t stand a chance.

LSU, fortunately, has energy and leadership in abundance.

Orgeron did an incredible job this offseason of addressing the Tigers’ issues. He realized whatever he tried in 2020 wasn’t working and he worked quickly to fix it.

That’s why Orgeron is an elite coach. Things aren’t always going to be perfect. Issues can creep into a program at any time. How a coach handles those issues, however, is what determines whether or not the program will have success.

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LSU is back on a championship path. And I can’t wait to see the 2021 version of the Tigers surprise some folks on Saturdays this fall.