BATON ROUGE – Cowboy Mouth, one of Louisiana’s most popular bands, will highlight the Rock N’ Roar Block Party leading up to kickoff for LSU’s National L Club Spring Game presented by Tony Chachere’s on Saturday, April 22.
Kickoff for the spring game is set for 7 p.m. in Tiger Stadium and admission to the contest is free. Fans are invited to campus early that day to take part in the Rock N’ Roar Block Party on North Stadium Drive, which starts at 3 p.m.
The Rock n’ Roar Block Party on North Stadium Drive is a free event that features Cowboy Mouth along with activities for the kids. The block party will also feature giveaways from LSU’s corporate partners.
Fans are reminded to pick up entry forms to be entered to win the many giveaways at Baton Rouge area McDonald’s, T.J. Ribs, Tio Javi’s, Academy Sports + Outdoor, and select Chevron gas stations prior to game day. Entry forms can be dropped off as you enter Tiger Stadium on the day of the spring game.
The block party will feature a dunking booth, inflatables along with all types of food and drinks. Cowboy Mouth takes the stage at 3:40 p.m. and will play until 5:40 on North Stadium Drive near Mike the Tiger’s habitat.
The LSU football team will walk down “Victory Hill” and into Tiger Stadium at approximately 5:45 that afternoon.
LSU students will have the opportunity to participate in a punt, pass, & kick competition in Tiger Stadium prior to kickoff beginning at 5 p.m. with a qualifying round taking place at LSU Student Practice on Thursday, April 20.
Kickoff for the contest is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network and can be heard in the Baton Rouge area on 104.5/104.9 FM as well as on the internet at www.LSUsports.net/live.
The game will also be televised on the SEC Network.
Additional details on the LSU Spring Game can be found at www.LSUsports.net/springgame.
LSU National L Club Spring Game (Saturday, April 22)
3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Rock n’ Roar Block Party featuring Cowboy Mouth (North Stadium Drive)
LSU Student Punt, Pass and Kick Contest (Tiger Stadium)
LSU football team walks down “Victory Hill”
Kickoff – National L Club Spring Game (Tiger Stadium)
LSU TO HOST PRO TIMING DAY ON WEDNESDAY
BATON ROUGE – LSU will welcome representatives from every NFL franchise, including eight general managers and five head coaches, as the Tigers host their annual Pro Timing Day at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility on Wednesday morning.
LSU’s Pro Day, which annually draws over 100 NFL Personnel and another 100 media to cover the event, starts at 8:30 a.m. with player measurements. At 9:30, the participants will take part in the vertical jump, broad jump and bench press in the newly remodeled LSU weight room.
Players will then be timed in various running drills, including the 40-yard dash, the 3-cone drill and the 60-yard shuttle. The day wraps up with each positon group going through a series of on-field drills directed by the NFL scouts.
The SEC Network will televise the event live beginning at 10 a.m. CT. The NFL Network and ESPN’s SportsCenter will also be on hand for reports throughout the day.
Among those former LSU players expected to take part in Pro Day on Wednesday include projected first round picks in safety Jamal Adams, running back Leonard Fournette and cornerback Tre’Davious White and All-America center Ethan Pocic along with second team All-America linebacker Kendell Beckwith.
A complete recap and real-time results can also be found on LSUsports.net/Proday.
2017 LSU Pro Day – Schedule of Events for Wednesday, April 5
8:30 a.m. Player Measurements (Team Room)
9:30 a.m. Weight Room Testing (Weight Room)
· Vertical Jump
· Broad Jump
· Bench Press
10:15 a.m. On-Field Testing (Indoor Practice Facility)
· 40-yard dash
· Pro Agility Drill
· 3-Cone Drill
· 60-yard shuttle (skill players)
11:15 a.m. Individual Position Workouts
OFFENSE SHINES IN SECOND LSU SPRING
BATON ROUGE – The LSU offense accounted for over 600 total yards, including 391 on the ground, as head coach Ed Orgeron put the Tigers through their second scrimmage of the season here Saturday indoors at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.
The Tigers were originally slated to scrimmage in Tiger Stadium, however thunderstorms in the Baton Rouge area, which included driving rain, heavy winds and hail, forced LSU indoors.
Saturday’s scrimmage concluded the second full week of spring practice as the Tigers are now seven practices into spring drills.
“We had an excellent day today,” Orgeron said. “We challenged our guys on mindset, physical toughness and energy. If you want to put it all together, we wanted to have a game-type atmosphere out there and we did it. I’m very proud of our football team and our coaching staff. We were very well-prepared and there was a lot of energy and great execution.”
Offensively, senior Danny Etling completed 4-of-10 for 133 yards and a touchdown to D.J. Chark, while rising sophomore Justin McMillan connected on 5-of-6 passes for 79 yards and a TD. Redshirt freshman Lindsey Scott rounded out the quarterback play for the Tigers, completing 2-of-3 passes for 29 yards. Overall, LSU quarterbacks completed 11-of-19 passes for 237 yards a pair of touchdowns.
On the ground, senior Darrell Williams led all rushers with 93 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries. Nick Brossette followed with 72 yards on 14 carries.
“I thought our offense had a tremendous day,” Orgeron said. “It was an outstanding job. I thought Darrel Williams had a tremendous day and offensive line blocked well. Matt Canada and the offensive staff is doing a tremendous job. This the second scrimmage in a row that they have won.”
Orgeron said that the Tigers have some injuries on the defensive front, which is giving practice and scrimmage snaps to some younger players. Orgeron singled out the play of Rashard Lawrence and Ray Thornton, who both performed well on Saturday.
“We have some work to do on defense,” Orgeron said. “Obviously, we have some injuries up front on defense. Some guys are not practicing, but we need to get better. The offense completed some deep balls on us today, and there are some things we need to fix.”
Orgeron said he’s pleased with the overall progress the Tigers have made through the first seven practices of the spring.
“Overall, I’m really pleased with where we are at this point in the spring on offense,” Orgeron said. “The motion and shifts and the diversion of the offense is great. We had very few penalties today with the referees out there. Our defense has to pick it up a little bit, but I know they will under Dave Aranda.”
The Tigers return to practice on Tuesday in the first of three workouts next week. The Tigers are scheduled to scrimmage in Tiger Stadium next Saturday.
SEC DELIVERS $100,000 CHECK TO LSU FOR FLOOD RELIEF FOR UNIVERSITY EMPLOYEES
BATON ROUGE – The Southeastern Conference delivered a check in the amount of $100,000 to LSU this week to assist University employees who suffered losses during the catastrophic flood that impacted Baton Rouge and surrounding communities last August.
“On behalf of the LSU employees affected by the flood, I wish to thank Commissioner Sankey and the members of the Southeastern Conference their assistance,” LSU President Dr. F. King Alexander said. “Though the flood is several months behind us, it remains very real to the thousands of Louisiana residents who remain in temporary housing with many months of recovery ahead.”
The donation was made to the LSU Employee Assistance Fund, which was established at the request of Alexander in late August to assist those University employees that were affected by the flood.
“We are very appreciative of this generous donation from the SEC,” LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva said. “We are fortunate to be part of a great league that cares about its member institutions in areas that go well beyond competition. This donation will go a long way in helping LSU employees who were impacted by the devastating flood continue to rebuild and restore what was lost last August.”
On making the contribution to the flood relief fund for LSU employees, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said, “it’s a privilege of the Conference office to make this donation and we wish the people of Baton Rouge and LSU continued success in their recovery form the devastating floods that occurred in August of 2016.”
LSU ANNOUNCES HOMECOMING AND OTHER SPECIAL DATES FOR 2017 SEASON
BATON ROUGE – LSU’s game against Troy on Sept. 30 will serve as the 2017 Homecoming contest for the Tigers, the school released in announcement of special events for home football games next season.
The Troy contest will also serve as the “Purple Game” for the Tigers as LSU will wear its purple jerseys for the game against the Trojans. As part of the “Purple Game” festivities, fans will be asked to wear purple. Other game day promotions for the Troy game are still being planned.
LSU’s newest members of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame will be celebrated and introduced at the Syracuse contest on Sept. 23. LSU will unveil its next group of Athletic Hall of Fame inductees later this spring.
The Tigers will celebrate the annual “Gold Game” against Auburn on October 14. Fans are encouraged to fill Tiger Stadium with gold attire that day.
“LSU Salutes” will be held on Nov. 11 when the Tigers welcome Arkansas to Tiger Stadium, while the Texas A&M contest on Nov. 25 will serve as Senior Day and Letterman’s Game for the National L Club.
Fans can get their first glimpse of the Tigers on April 22 when LSU holds the National L Club Spring Game in Tiger Stadium. Kickoff for the spring game is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT and admission is free.
LSU is currently collecting requests as part of the new season ticket and parking request list for the 2017 season at LSUtix.net. The deadline to request is March 31. Tradition Fund and TAF donation deadlines are set for March 31. Away-game ticket information will be sent to football season ticket holders in late March with a deadline of May 31.
The Tigers open their first full season under new head coach Ed Orgeron on Sept. 2 when LSU faces BYU in NRG Stadium in Houston. LSU opens its home season the following week on Sept. 9 when the Tigers host Chattanooga in Tiger Stadium.
LSU returns 12 starters and 48 letterwinners from last year’s team that won six of its last eight games and posted an 8-4 overall mark, which included a 29-9 win over Louisville in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl.
BATON ROUGE – LSU head coach Ed Orgeron issued the following statement on outside linebacker/defensive end Arden Key on Wednesday:
“In consultation with our staff and his family, Arden Key has decided to take some time away from football for personal reasons. We fully support Arden in his decision and look forward to welcoming him back home to the Tiger family at the appropriate time.”
Orgeron and Key will have no further comment on the matter. Orgeron asked that fans and members of the media respect the privacy of Key as this is a personal matter.
BATON ROUGE – For the first time since the mid-1990s, LSU’s annual spring football game will be played at night, head coach Ed Orgeron announced.
Details for events and activities that day on campus leading up to the spring game are still being planned, however kickoff for the contest is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Tiger Stadium. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.
LSU opens its first spring practice under Orgeron on Saturday, March 11. The Tigers practice a total of 15 times during the spring, culminating with the National L Club Spring Game on Saturday, April 22.
The last time LSU played a spring game at night came in 1995 when the Tigers had a 6 p.m. kickoff under first-year coach Gerry DiNardo.
More details about this year’s spring game will be released as they become available.
10 LSU PLAYERS INVITED TO NFL COMBINE
BATON ROUGE – Ten LSU football players have been invited to take part in the NFL Combine, which begins later this month at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
LSU and Alabama lead all Southeastern Conference teams for NFL Combine invites, followed by Texas A&M with nine and Arkansas and Florida with eight each. As a league, the SEC has 66 players invited to the combine, which stands as the most of any conference. The ACC is second with 60, followed by the Big Ten with 51 and the Pac-12 with 47.
The 10 Tigers invited to the NFL Combine include: safety Jamal Adams, linebacker Kendell Beckwith, defensive end Tashawn Bower, wide receiver Malachi Dupre, wide receiver Travin Dural, running back Leonard Fournette, defensive tackle Davon Godchaux, center Ethan Pocic, linebacker Duke Riley, and cornerback Tre’Davious White.
The NFL Combine, which features hundreds of college football players trying to improve their NFL stock, starts on February 28 and runs through March 6. Each position group goes through four days of testing, which includes everything from interviews with NFL franchises, to on-field drills, and on-field workouts.
The NFL Draft takes place on April 27-29 in Philadelphia where the Tigers could have as many as four players selected in the first round.
ED ORGERON FORMALLY INTRODUCES NEW LSU COACHES TOMMIE ROBINSON AND MICKEY JOSEPH
BATON ROUGE – LSU head coach Ed Orgeron formally introduced the two newest additions to the football staff – Tommie Robinson and Mickey Joseph – on Thursday morning during a 30-minute news conference here at the LSU Athletic Administration Building.
Robinson, who comes to LSU from Southern Cal, will serve as assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator and running backs coach, while Joseph, a native of New Orleans who joins the staff from Louisiana Tech, will coach the wide receivers.
The following is a transcript from today’s press conference:
LSU COACH ED ORGERON
Opening Statement on Tommy Robinson…
It’s a great day for LSU. I want to introduce you to two great families, two wonderful men, two wonderful husbands, and two great football coaches that have come to LSU. We did extensive research and these were the guys that we wanted to hire. We got the guys that we want here at LSU that will help us build championship football teams. The first guy I’d like to introduce will be our assistant head coach, our recruiting coordinator and our running backs coach. I’ve known him (Tommy Robinson) for a while. Tommy is well respected amongst his peers. He is known as the top running backs coach in the country. Tommy was recently named the Pac-12 Recruiter of the Year. He is the No. 2 ranked recruiter in the country. He’s going to be a tremendous asset to our running backs as running backs coach and to our recruiting as recruiting coordinator. Dave Aranda is our associate head coach and Tommy is our assistant head coach. I will lean on these guys on a daily basis for advice for running our program.
LSU RUNNING BACKS COACH TOMMIE ROBINSON
“I would like to start by saying thank you to Coach Ed Orgeron. It’s an honor for me and a pleasure to be at LSU. This is a true honor for me to have an opportunity to work for Coach Ed Orgeron and be a part of his staff. He is an outstanding football coach, leader of men and he’s a good man. I could echo the same things he said about me about him. It’s an honor for me to be a part of this staff. When we got together and talked about it I knew it was going to happen but we had to work the details out. I am so excited and so happy to be here. I would also like to recognize my wife who is here with me, Mrs. Lartonyar Robinson. She has been my rock for about 24 years and she is standing beside me now. I’d like to recognize her. I am excited about this opportunity and where LSU is right now and where Coach Orgeron has the program. I am excited about moving forward. Today is my first full day here and I am just excited to do a little offense this morning and a little recruiting this morning. At 10 a.m. we came over here to do a little press conference. It’s been really fast. I got up this morning at about 5:30 ready to go. It’s been a fast morning and quick morning. I am just ready to move forward.”
On the sell from Coach Orgeron to join the staff…
“The sell was Coach O. He has given me an opportunity to be the assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator. It’s something that I want to do and look forward to doing. At the end of the day it was always about him. He is a true friend of mine. I have been coaching football for almost 32 years now and in 2013 I had the most fun I have ever had coaching football and that was with Coach Orgeron. I can sit here and tell you a bunch of things, but at the end of the day the sell was Coach Ed Orgeron.
On his recruiting philosophy…
“I don’t think there are anything utopias in the world. I don’t think anyone has all of the answers. In recruiting my philosophy is work. It’s just hard work. Find out what it will take to get the kid and go get the kid. It’s through work. Do our homework and do a great job of evaluating the kid and going out and developing a relationship. There is no secret dust or magic dust. There is no secret potion in recruiting. I think it comes down to work. We have enough here to sell at LSU. This is a place you can go recruit kids throughout the country. If we work hard and put forth the effort then we will be fine and go get kids.”
On his first coaching job in the SEC…
“This is my first time ever coaching in the SEC. I grew up in the SEC and Alabama. I am looking forward to this challenge. We all know the strength of this conference. Everyone in this room knows it. Throughout the coaching world it’s a challenge. I am looking forward to it.”
On what he knows about Derrius Guice and the rest of the backfield…
“I don’t know a lot about Derrius Guice. When we were at USC, Coach O and I, we were down here and I was at another school recruiting. I remember Coach O telling me about Derrius. He said, ‘T-Rob you need to come look at this kid Derrius Guice’. I really don’t know a lot about him. I’ve had a chance to coach at a lot of schools and when I go into a different school and different situation I don’t want to know too much about the kid. I want to formulate my own opinion and do it myself. I don’t want to know too much about them. I’m going to do my research and homework on Derrius Guice. I know the kid is a good back and probably one of the best backs in the country. At this point it’s all I know and all I want to know.”
On his philosophy about running backs…
“You adjust to the situation. When Coach Orgeron was the head coach at USC the first game against Arizona I rotated five backs. Coach Orgeron told me, ‘Coach, you know your kids and who deserves to play and what it takes to win the game. Play the kids the way you want to play them’. I had five kids who deserved the right to play and I played all five of them. After the game it was unheard of to play five backs in a game that came down to the last minute. I have been in a situation where I had a featured guy. I have been in situations where I rotated two or three. Every situation is different. It’s according to who you have and what the kid shows in practice. If a kid shows that he deserves to play and I feel confident he will help this team win then I will find a way to play him. I don’t have a ‘philosophy’ if you will. I just adapt and adjust to whatever the situation is and what presents itself.”
On if he has spoken to Matt Canada…
“Matt and I have talked. We spoke and actually my wife and I along with he and his fiancé had dinner last tonight. We bounced around stuff philosophy wise and just got to know each other. We talked a little philosophy but we just tried to get to know each other. Matt has a system and he’s been very successful with it. We will come in and learn the system. We will do the things that he has been successful with and inject some things here and there. He seems to be a really good guy. I didn’t know Matt before I got here but have heard a lot of good things about him. I am looking forward to working with him. When I was at USC, we played Penn State in the Rose Bowl and one of the games that we studied was the Pittsburgh-Penn State game. Pitt actually beat Penn State. We did a lot of study on that game and that was Matt’s system. We talked about that a little bit.”
On if he wants to work them in slow because of workloads…
“Part of what I have done in the past is finding out what the kid is able to handle and what he is capable of doing. When I find that out and get a feel of that then I will know how much to put on him. That’s a growing process for me as a coach. The kids know where they are. I need to know how much they can handle. One thing for sure that will happen is we will not have a guy out there that can’t help us win. At the end of the day it’s about the team. I bought into the ‘one team one heartbeat’ philosophy.”
LSU COACH ED ORGERON
Opening Statement on Mickey Joseph…
“I’ve known Mickey for 30 years. We’ve crossed paths on the recruiting trail and at coaching clinics. We are tied together. I feel like we are brothers and a family. Mickey is a Louisiana legend and one of the best players to come out of Louisiana. He is from New Orleans, Louisiana. People respect him from around the state and around the country as a football coach and a great recruiter. He is going to do a great job for us. He is going to bring a wealth of knowledge to our staff. He has coached every position, including the offensive line. I am very impressed with that as a quarterback. He is going to do a great job of recruiting the city of New Orleans and the river parishes. He is already making phone calls and making connections that he already has. He is going to be a tremendous asset to our football team. He is also going to be a great mentor to our young men.
LSU WIDE RECIEVERS COACH MICKEY JOSEPH
“First of all I want to thank God for taking me and my family through this journey. It’s been a rough road. College coaching is a tough job. I first want to thank my wife Priscilla Arzaga Joseph. I just want to thank her because she has been there. To be married to a football coach you have to be a special woman. I want to thank Coach Orgeron. I have known him for a long time. He has been recruiting my family and he recruited my cousin Derick to Syracuse. He has been a part of my family for a long time. I also want to thank Coach Pete Jenkins. My mom really loves PJ. At 6 o’clock this morning she called me asking if Pete was still on the staff. I have known Coach Orgeron and Coach Jenkins for a long time. At the end of the day, LSU is the top job in America. When he gave me the call it was a yes. I wasn’t worried about everything and told him I got his back. I told him I wanted to be loyal and do whatever you ask. It’s our blood, sweat and tears. We are family and we are brothers. That’s one thing I am looking forward to working with coach. I also want to thank my brother Vance and cousin Terry for encouraging me through this journey. It’s really not easy to be a college coach so you have to have a lot of sidekicks to help you out.”
On his thoughts about bridging the gap with the perceived issues in New Orleans…
“First of all, I have strong relationships with those coaches in New Orleans. I have been recruiting New Orleans since 1999. I either grew up with those guys or mentored the guys along the way. I have spoken to those guys and there was never a meeting discussed about a boycott. Those guys are in it for the kids. The meeting was going to take place because what they are trying to do is educate each other about the recruiting game and also how to get some financial help to get the kids to these camps. There are a lot of kids in New Orleans that cannot afford $35 or $40 to get to a camp. They were getting together to try and get grants written. Once negative things got written it got carried on. It was never going to be that after talking to those guys at the respective high schools.”
On staying in the college game unlike his brother…
“Vance and I took two different paths. I really enjoyed the everyday life with the student-athlete and grooming young men when they leave here. I take pride in it, and I am here to set examples. I am here for them and stir with them. I tell the truth and I am a straight shooter. I really enjoy watching those kids come as freshmen, play their last games, and walk across that stage with a degree. I know at the end of the day they need that degree to be successful in life. I had a chance to probably go with Vance to Denver but I elected to stay in college because I think that is my calling. It’s where I want to be.”
On his skill as coaching wide receivers coach…
“It’s is a very talented group and we have a lot of toys to play with. Wherever I have been my kids always buy in. It’s about them buying in. It’s about doing the research on them about where they’re from. In terms of receiving skills, it’s all about technique. When you are playing in the SEC, that guy across from you will have just as much talent as you have. It comes down to technique and whether they know what they are doing. It’s about getting them in the meeting room and taking it to the field and working on technique. It’s the little things that win college football games. That’s what we will work on. We will try to get them to be the best receiver they can be. They are not going to be out there if they can’t help us win.”
On growing up as a kid and leading to coaching…
“I was the boss. When I got into coaching, Vance was playing pro ball and Terry was playing college baseball. They always asked questions about coaching and I told them I enjoyed what I was doing. Vance left a good job in Denver to become a graduate assistant at Colorado. Terry was playing AAA baseball with the Iowa Cubs and got out to be a high school coach. I think it was our calling. Our calling was to be in the game because at the end of the day we were going to have to take the helmets off. This is the way that we give back to what people have done for us. Coaching these kids and loving them to be the best person they can be.”
On his experience as leaving the state and now trying to keep them in state…
“My mom can be the biggest recruiter because she can tell you the benefits of staying in state. If my dad had listened to Pete Jenkins then I would have been a Tiger. My mom was on board when Pete came in. The thing about being home is that with a high school kid, 95 percent of them when they leave that locker room go home to a family. When you leave the state and go away from home there is no one there when you leave that locker room after a game. I did that for five years and that was one of the reasons I wanted to come back to the state of Louisiana and coach football. That was one of the reasons I took the job at Grambling, took the job at Louisiana Tech and now am at LSU. I can tell kids sometimes leaving home is not always good. If you have to go out of state and bring them home then the state of Louisiana is a good place to be.”
On the benefits of coaching every position…
“When I got into coaching it was with my high school coach Hank Tierney. He always told me that if I want to be a football coach then I have to be a football coach and can’t just be a running backs coach or quarterbacks coach. You have to know the whole scheme and what everyone was doing. I pride myself on knowing the scheme and what everyone has to do. At the end of the day I just preach to the kids to do their job. Just being recruited coming out of high school is totally different now then back then. It’s different with social media. I tell kids you have to want to go somewhere who wants you. You have to be celebrated and not tolerated. If we identify you then we will celebrate you. You have to make sure that when they pick a school that they pick what’s best for you. Have some input from your family but you have to walk that field and those hallways.”
LSU coach Ed Orgeron issued the following statement, sending his thoughts and prayers to those people who were impacted by the devastating storms that stretched across Louisiana today:
“I want to express our sympathy and prayers for everyone in Louisiana and in the New Orleans area impacted by today’s storms. We are all one Louisiana, one heartbeat, when our neighbors need help. The Tiger Family is with you and we will be with you as you rebuild.”
BATON ROUGE – Tommie Robinson and Mickey Joseph, two highly-respected coaches with a reputation of being outstanding recruiters, have joined the LSU coaching staff, head coach Ed Orgeron announced on Tuesday.
Robinson, who was recently named the Pac-12 Recruiter of the Year, comes to LSU after spending the 2016 season at Southern Cal as the running backs coach and run game coordinator for Rose Bowl Champion Trojans. Robinson will serve as LSU’s running backs coach as well as holding the title of assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator.
Joseph, a native of New Orleans, joins the LSU staff after one year at Louisiana Tech where he coached running backs for the Bulldogs. Joseph will serve as LSU’s wide receivers coach.
“We are very excited to bring on board two outstanding coaches in Tommie Robinson and Mickey Joseph,” Orgeron said. “Mickey is well-known in our state and he has strong ties to New Orleans. He’s an outstanding coach with a great deal of experience on the offensive side of the ball. He’s an outstanding recruiter with a great work ethic and will be a tremendous addition to the staff.
“Tommie was recently named the Pac-12 Recruiter of the Year and is considered one of the top running back coaches in college football. Tommie brings an impressive resume to our staff, one that includes six years of coaching in the NFL. He’s going to be a tremendous asset to our program and will be a great resource for all of us.”
Robinson’s coaching career spans 30 years, which includes three years with the Dallas Cowboys (1998-2000) and three with the Arizona Cardinals (2010-12). Prior to joining the USC staff, Robinson coached running backs at Texas for two years (2014-15). In 2013, Robinson was the running backs coach and passing game coordinator for Southern Cal.
Robinson has helped teams appear in 11 bowl games and the NFL playoffs twice. Other coaching stops for Robinson include serving as a graduate assistant at Arkansas in 1991, running backs coach at Utah State in 1992-93, four years as running backs coach at TCU from 1994-97.
After his three-year stint with Dallas, Robinson joined the staff at Oklahoma State, coaching running backs for the Cowboys in 2001. He followed that with four years at Georgia Tech, the first as wide receivers coach and then tight ends coach for the next three years.
Robinson coached the running backs at Memphis in 2006 and then held the same position at Miami (Fla.) from 2007-09 before returning to the NFL to coach running backs for the Cardinals.
Joseph brings over 20 years of coaching experience to the LSU staff. Prior to his one season at Louisiana Tech, Joseph helped turn around a Grambling State team that went 1-11 prior to his arrival to winning 16 games over the next two years.
Joseph was special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach at Alcorn State in 2013, helping the Braves to a 9-3 overall mark, the most wins for the school in 30 years. Joseph spent six years at Langston University from 2008-13, which included two years as the head coach. Joseph led Langston to a 7-3 mark in his first season as head coach in 2011. He went 13-7 overall as the head coach at Langston.
Joseph got his first collegiate coaching job at Wayne State College in Nebraska in 1997, which he followed with a season at his high school alma mater Archbishop Shaw High School in New Orleans in 1998. From there, Joseph served as a graduate assistant at Tulane in 1999 and then coached receivers at Alabama State in 2000.
He coached quarterbacks at Nicholls State for three years (2001-03) and then spent two seasons as the running backs coach at Central Oklahoma (2004-05).
Joseph, who is the brother of the recently named Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph, played quarterback at Nebraska from 1998-91. As a junior Joseph led the Cornhuskers to a 9-3 overall mark after accounting for 21 touchdowns (11 rushing, 10 passing).
The hiring of Robinson and Joseph is pending approval from the LSU Board of Supervisors as well as a background check, per LSU policy.
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