LSU names Jake Peetz offensive coordinator

LSU names Jake Peetz offensive coordinator

LSU hired Carolina Panthers quarterbacks coach Jake Peetz as its new offensive coordinator Wednesday.

Peetz, 37, replaces Steve Ensminger on head coach Ed Orgeron’s staff.

Ensminger, 62, had been a Tigers assistant since 2010 and spent the past three seasons as offensive coordinator before announcing his retirement in December.

Peetz worked with former LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady, now Carolina’s offensive coordinator, in 2020. Peetz was the Panthers’ running backs coach in 2019 before working with the QBs this season.

Before Joining the Panthers, Peetz was an offensive analyst at Alabama in 2018 and coached in various roles with the then-Oakland Raiders from 2015-17. He also spent time in the NFL with Washington and Jacksonville, and as an assistant coach at UCLA.

LSU also hired Panthers assistant DJ Mangas as the new passing game coordinator, relacing Scott Linehan. Mangas previously was an offensive analyst with the Tigers in 2019.

“Both Jake and DJ come highly recommended from one of the premier and innovative offensive coaches in the game in Joe Brady,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said in a news release. “Jake brings 10 years of NFL experience with him to our staff. He spent a season coaching alongside and learning from Joe (Brady) so we couldn’t be more excited about Jake joining our staff. His knowledge of football combined with the players we have on our roster, will make for a dynamic offense for LSU in 2021.

“We are very happy to bring DJ back to LSU. He did a tremendous job in his one season with us in 2019 working alongside Joe (Brady) to produce one of the most explosive and productive offenses in college football history.”

Peetz and Mangas were in Baton Rouge for interviews on Tuesday.

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