LSU Football: Offensive Coordinator Candidates Quarterback Friendly

Brett StephenAnalyst IIJanuary 17, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 07:  Jordan Jefferson #9 of the Louisiana State University Tigers looks to throw a pass during the game against the Texas A&M Aggies during the AT&T Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium on January 7, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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After losing offensive coordinator Gary Crowton to Maryland, LSU is in search of a new coordinator who can get the offense moving much more than it has been in the past two seasons.

With tons of talent on both sides of the ball, LSU needs a coordinator that can utilize that talent to put points on the board as well as give the defense an occasional rest.

It is no secret that the Tiger’s quarterback play was the core reason for the lack of offensive production, so having two candidates for the offensive coordinator position that have a history of getting production from their quarterbacks is a good sign for Tiger fans.

The first candidate, who reportedly interviewed over the weekend, is TCU co-offensive coordinator Justin Fuente. 

The TCU offense was a well-balanced attack featuring a solid run game (which LSU definitely has) as well as an efficient passing game led by good, but not super-talented quarterback Andy Dalton.

At LSU, Fuente would undoubtedly have significantly more talent to work with and should not have any problem replicating the success he had in Fort Worth.

The second candidate, former head coach of Louisville and Tulsa, Steve Kragthorpe, is also a quarterback friendly guy that has not only led teams with efficient passing attacks but has also served as a quarterback coach in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills.

Kragthorpe, like Fuente, would have significantly more talent to work with than he has had in his past college coaching positions and would likely hit the ground running (no pun intended) in Baton Rouge.

Either Fuente or Kragthorpe would be a step in the right direction for the LSU football team and Tiger fans would openly welcome either candidate if they can start to realize the enormous amount of potential on the LSU offense.