Former QB coach returns to LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU has hired former Tigers quarterback Steve Ensminger as its new tight ends coach.

Ensminger, a Baton Rouge native, played for LSU from 1976-79. He threw for 2,770 yards and 16 touchdowns during his career with the Tigers. He fills a vacancy left by Don Yanowsky, who is now with Memphis.

Ensminger began his coaching career as an assistant at Nicholls State in 1982, followed by stops at McNeese State and Louisiana Tech.

Ensminger also has had stints in the Southeastern Conference as an assistant at Georgia (1991-93) and Auburn (2003-2008).

LSU head coach Les Miles says Ensminger's lengthy experience as an offensive coach and his coaching experience in the SEC made him the right fit for the Tigers.

Also on Thursday, LSU moved back the start of spring football practice from Friday to Monday.

The opening practice on Monday will be the first of five slated for next week, followed by the first scrimmage of the spring schedule on Saturday, March 6.

Spring practice remains scheduled to end with the annual spring game on March 27.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.