April brought on as analyst for bowl

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LSU head coach Ed Orgeron has found his answer for the Tigers’ special teams coordinator - at least through the bowl game.

On Thursday, LSU confirmed that longtime NFL assistant Bobby April was being brought on as an analyst for the team's bowl game against Louisville. April will coach the special teams in the absence of Bradley Dale Peveto, who was relieved of his duties shortly after the season ended.

"We are very fortunate to have Coach April join our staff,” Orgeron said in a press release. “He is one of the best special teams coaches in the history of football and our players will benefit tremendously because of Coach April’s knowledge of the game.

“Coach April is a great man and a true Louisianan. He loves Louisiana and from the first time we talked he said he wanted to help his state. It means everything to us to have great people who can be a part of our program like Coach April."

A New Orleans native, April graduated from Chalmette High before attending Nicholls State. He then landed his first college job as a graduate assistant at Southern Miss in 1978. From then until 1990, he made coaching stops at Tulane, Arizona, Southern Cal and Ohio State, a stretch that included responsibilities coaching tight ends, defensive line, defensive backs and special teams.

In 1991, April entered the NFL for the first time and remained there until this past season, coaching special teams in each of his stops. He worked with the Atlanta Falcons, Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Rams, Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Raiders, New York Jets and Tennessee Titans. He was relieved of his duties with the Titans on Oct. 3, with the move coming just four games into the team’s season.

April twice won the NFL’s Special Teams Coach of the Year Award, once in 2004 in his first season with the Bills and again in 2008 with the Bills.

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