Coach Sonny Dykes made the announcement before practice Sunday. Ensminger, an Auburn transfer, was a tight end last season under former coach Derek Dooley. But under the new spread system Dykes has installed, Ensminger began to emerge during spring practice. Jenkins had been the starter for most of the past two seasons.
“We felt like it was the best time to name him the starting quarterback,” Dykes said in a release. “There is still a possibility that it could change but he has done enough to distance himself from the other quarterbacks. We need time to invest a number of reps in our starting quarterback and want to do that as quickly as possible. By naming Steven our starter now, he will have some extra time to make sure he is on the same page with the rest of our offense.”
During spring practice, Ensminger said of 2009: "Last year at this time, I was on the depth chart as a tight end. And I wasn’t having any fun playing the game. I would be ready to go to practice and thinking that it wasn’t going to be fun because I wasn’t going to be playing anyway.”
Ensminger's dad, Steve, is a former starting quarterback at LSU and current tight ends coach there.