Ed Orgeron Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week
Orgeron honored with the award after LSU’s impressive road victory over No. 9 Texas
ATLANTA (Sept. 9, 2019) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that LSU head football coach Ed Orgeron has been selected as The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week.
The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week award honors a football coach who led his team to a significant victory during the previous week, while also embodying the award’s three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity.
Coach Orgeron and the Tigers held off the No. 9 Texas Longhorns in Austin 45-38, earning LSU’s first-ever non-conference road victory over an AP Top-10 team. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow was especially impressive, going 31-for-39 for 471 yards and four touchdowns. Burrow’s 471 passing yards in the game represented the second-most in LSU history and the first 400 yard passing game for an LSU quarterback since 2001. The Tigers’ aerial attack also saw three players eclipse 100 yards receiving in a single game for the first time in program history.
With the win, Orgeron improves his record as the LSU head coach to 27-9 overall, including six victories against Top-10 teams and 12 wins against teams ranked in the Top 25.
“Coach Orgeron led his Tigers to victory in what appears to be one of the biggest out-of-conference showdowns of the season,” said Peach Bowl, Inc. CEO & President Gary Stokan. “He’s done a phenomenal job leading his program both on and off the field in Baton Rouge, and appears to have LSU primed to be a College Football Playoff contender this season.”
Since taking over full-time in December 2016, LSU has steadily improved on the field and has made strides in the classroom as well. In the first full season before Orgeron took the reins, LSU’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) was 941. It now stands at 951, and the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of the team is 73 percent, a significant step above the national average of 41 percent.
Away from the field, coach Orgeron and his wife Kelly are also active in many community endeavors with most of their time being spent supporting “Basket of Hope,” which has the mission of giving hope to children diagnosed with cancer or other serious illness through the delivery of a Basket of Hope filled with toys, games and gift cards, among other items. Coach Orgeron and Kelly make several trips to local hospitals each year to hand deliver these baskets and to spend time with the children and their families.
“There are few coaches in the country whose impact on the overall culture of a program can be felt as significantly as coach Orgeron,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “In only his third season with the Tigers, he’s setting new records offensively on the field, while also making strides with his players’ performance in the classroom and leaving his mark on the community.”
The Dodd Trophy presented by the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – along with the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week Award – celebrates the head coach of a FBS team who enjoys success on the gridiron, while also stressing the importance of scholarship, leadership and integrity.
A panel consisting of all previous winners, national media, a member of the Dodd family and a College Football Hall of Fame member will identify the final list of potential recipients at the conclusion of the 2019 season. The winner of the 2019 Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta during bowl week for this year’s College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.