Orgeron thinks new coaches will be a home run for LSU

 LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron holds the AFCA Coaches' Trophy presented by Amway during the LSU championship trophy presentation at Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
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LSU is set to kick off its Spring football practices Saturday and head coach Ed Orgeron said he’s very excited about the newest members of the Tigers’ coaching staff.

The reigning national champions will hit the fields Saturday with a new defensive coordinator, Bo Pelini, passing game coordinator, Scott Linehan, and running backs coach Kevin Faulk.

Pelini replaces current Baylor head coach Dave Aranda and Linehan replaces current Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady.

Oregon said Pelini has already made an impression on LSU's players and staff and that he likes what longtime NFL coach Linehan has brought to the Tigers' offense.

“Scott lineman has been phenomenal,” Orgeron said. “He brings a lot of expertise, him and Steve (Ensminger) have been working very well.” 

Orgeron also called the hiring of the school’s all-time leading rusher Kevin Faulk a homerun. 

“I think eventually Kevin is going to be a head coach and be a phenomenal coach,” he said. 

Oregon joked that New England Patriot’s head coach Bill Belichick wanted Faulk on his staff but Faulk declined the opportunity “because it’s too cold.” 

“I think that Kevin brings a presence and he backs it up by his work ethic,” Orgeron said.

He said that work ethic was on display recently when he and Faulk went to Lafayette to visit a high school.

“The coaches get there about 7:30 a.m. so I told him ‘Kevin, I’m going to meet you there,’” Orgeron said. “Well I left early to beat the traffic over the bridge. So I pulled up to the school at 6:30 a.m. and there was one car in parking lot — Kevin Faulk's.” 

LSU opens Spring practice Saturday and will close the series of workouts with a spring scrimmage April 18 at Southern's Mumford Stadium.