Studrawa wanted another chance to be OC

Greg Studrawa always wanted a second chance to be an offensive

coordinator. He only wishes the circumstances were different.

In his first official day as LSU’s top offensive assistant,

Studrawa said on Friday that it was hard for him to get excited

when LSU head coach Les Miles first told him he’d be getting a

promotion in order to ease the workload on Steve Kragthorpe, who

has been recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

”I was worried about Steve,” Studrawa said. ”Steve and I had

gotten pretty close through spring ball. I was worried about how

things were going to be with him. After I talked to him, I got

excited about this opportunity.”

The offensive coordinator for four seasons at Bowling Green,

Studrawa joined Miles’ LSU staff in 2007 as the offensive line

coach. He was named the Tigers offensive coordinator Thursday.

Kragthorpe, who was hired by Miles as a replacement for

offensive coordinator Gary Crowton last winter, will remain as

quarterbacks coach.

Under Miles, the entire offensive staff has input in the weekly

game plan. Therefore, the most significant change in the coaching

shuffle involves play-calling. Studrawa takes over that role from

Kragthorpe.

”It’s exciting to call plays,” Studrawa said. ”We’ve got a

lot of great football minds in our (offensive meeting) room. All of

those coaches will contribute. If we prepare well, I hope all five

offensive assistants are seeing the same thing on game day.”

Few know Studrawa better than offensive linemen T-Bob Hebert and

Josh Dworaczyk, a pair of fifth-year senior guards.

”Coach Stud has the pedigree,” Hebert said. ”He was a

successful offensive coordinator at Bowling Green. He knows our

offense inside and out. He and coach Kragthorpe will work well

together.

”It was a little disheartening when we heard about coach

Kragthorpe. But, he’s still here. He’s not going anywhere. (The

change in play-calling) really isn’t a big deal. Things change, but

not as much as you expect. The transition has been handled real

well by all parties so far.”

Dworaczyk joked that LSU’s offensive linemen will miss

Studrawa’s incessant yelling during games since he will now be

stationed in the press box.

”It will be a little bit different in games with (Studrawa) not

being on the sidelines,” Dworaczyk said. ”Offensive linemen

usually don’t get on the phones. Maybe we’ll get to go on the

phones this year. … I’m excited for him. With the team, nothing

will change. As far as his play-calling, we’ll just have to see in

the season how everything works out.”

When Studrawa was the offensive coordinator at Bowling Green,

the Falcons had a balanced offense. In Studrawa’s first year on the

job, Bowling Green finished third in the country in total offense –

11th in passing and 18th in rushing.

”At Bowling Green, it was an excellent opportunity for a line

coach to learn the whole thing on offense,” Studrawa said. ”I

want to attack people. I want to be aggressive and take shots down

the field. We have great playmakers. So, we are going to get them

the football.

”Of course, we are still going to be physical and run the

football. That’s the foundation of our team. Coach Miles wants us

to run the ball. You’ve got to be physical and run the ball to win

in this conference. Coach Miles convinced me of this.”

Quarterback Jordan Jefferson said he has become close with

Kragthrope and was relieved to know he would at least remain as

quarterbacks coach.

”It was shocking when I first heard the news,” Jefferson said.

”It would have been upsetting if he had to totally resign. But,

he’s still here and he’s still coaching.”

Studrawa said he hopes he’s not just ”filling in” for

Kragthrope.

”I don’t feel like I’m an interim offensive coordinator,”

Studrawa said. ”I hope it works out and I’ll be the offensive

coordinator in the future.”