Ed Orgeron Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week
Orgeron recognized for dominating win over No. 2 Georgia
ATLANTA (Oct. 16, 2018) – 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 the football coach whose program embodies the award’s three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity, while also having success on the playing field during the previous week.
Coach Orgeron and the Tigers were a perfect 4-of-4 on fourth down conversions and forced four turnovers in an impressive 36-16 upset over No. 2 Georgia on Saturday in Tiger Stadium. This was LSU’s first home victory over an AP top-2 team since 1997 and the program’s largest-ever win over an AP top-2 opponent, eclipsing its 14-point win over Ohio State in the 2008 National Championship Game. The 2018 Tigers have also tied a school record for the most AP top-10 wins in a single season with three so far this year.
“Coach Orgeron and the Tigers have compiled one of the most impressive resumes to date of any team in the country,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “This was a statement win and LSU looks poised to be a true College Football Playoff contender this season.”
In his second full season as head coach for the Tigers, Ed Orgeron has led his team to a 21-7 overall mark. After his first 28 games as LSU’s head coach, Orgeron now ranks third among the school’s all-time leaders in victories to start a career with the Tigers.
Coach Orgeron was named LSU’s head coach in December 2016 after serving as interim head coach that season. The Louisiana native previously joined the Tiger staff in 2015 as defensive line coach and later added the title of recruiting coordinator to his resume in the spring of 2016.
In addition to his efforts on the field, Coach Orgeron has helped lead his program academically with a program-best 78 percent NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR). The Tigers also had an Academic Progress Rating (APR) score of 956 last season.
“Coach Orgeron has shown tremendous leadership both on and off the field for the Tigers,” said Peach Bowl, Inc. CEO & President Gary Stokan. “The fact that LSU is now 7-0 under his leadership following a loss is a true testament to his ability to rally his team to victory when facing adversity.”
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 for The Dodd Trophy at the conclusion of the 2018 season. The winner of the 2018 Dodd Trophy will then be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Week.