Miles makes solid call with Kragthorpe hire

Jordan Jefferson will enter his senior season with one last chance to show his full potential as an LSU quarterback. And he'll have a fresh start beginning in spring ball as the Tigers finally found a new offensive coordinator.

Steve KragthorpeICONNo longer a head coach, Steve Kragthorpe should fit in well at LSU.

Head coach Les Miles has selected Steve Kragthorpe as the new leader of an offense that arguably held the team out of the BCS party in 2010.

The former Louisville and Tulsa head coach replaces Gary Crowton, who left to take the Maryland offensive coordinator's job. Kragthorpe did not coach this past season after stepping down as Texas A&M's receivers coach prior to the year to take care of his wife, who was sick.

Based on initial reactions nationally, the Kragthorpe hire is being met with raised eyebrows. And it has much to do with the fact that he went just 15-21 in three seasons at Louisville after compiling a 29-22 mark at Tulsa, where he took the Golden Hurricane to three bowl games.

But Kragthorpe won't be the face of the program in Baton Rouge. Even in SEC country, where everything is magnified, he will be working behind the scenes with a unit that unquestionably has some of the best talent in the country. Kragthorpe's successful work with quarterbacks in the past includes his time with Drew Bledsoe as the quarterbacks coach with the Buffalo Bills, and he also served as offensive coordinator at Texas A&M, helping the Aggies claim a Big 12 championship in his first season as OC in 1998.

This past season, LSU was last in the SEC in passing offense, averaging just 155.6 yards per game. More shocking, the team finished with an SEC-low 10 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions.

Kragthorpe has one job to do in Baton Rouge, and that's to make the passing attack sound and consistent with whoever is under center. Jefferson, after his great Cotton Bowl performance, will have every chance to be successful with the new leader on offense.

And if things still don't click for Jefferson? Georgia transfer Zach Mettenberger will be more than willing to jump right in.

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