LSU Football: Why Zach Mettenberger Is Thrilled to Have Cam Cameron at OC

Sean MerrimanCorrespondent IFebruary 19, 2013

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 13:  Zach Mettenberger #8 of the LSU Tigers throws against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Tiger Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Drew Brees, Phillip Rivers, Antwaan Randle El, Joe Flacco and Jim Harbaugh.

What do all five of these guys have in common other than the fact that they were all great college quarterbacks?

How about the fact that all five played under the guidance of a true offensive genius in Cam Cameron.

Zach Mettenberger could be next on this list.

Cameron, a good, long-time friend of LSU head coach Les Miles, was introduced as the Tigers' new offensive coordinator this past week. This move came shortly after Cameron was relieved of his duties as offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens, who went on to win the Super Bowl shortly thereafter.

But don't let that fool you, Cameron is an exceptional offensive mind, and his presence and coaching will only help in the ongoing development of Mettenberger.

This should be an interesting year for the Tigers with so many losses on the defensive side of the ball. Because of those voids, Miles is looking for his offense to step up and carry this team in 2013, and much of that lies on the shoulders of LSU's quarterback.

The 2012 season was an up-and-down one for Mettenbeger. He showed signs of greatness against the likes of Alabama and Mississippi State, passing for a combined 571 yards and three touchdowns in those games. But he also had his woes, like his 11-of-29 passing day against Texas A&M, and his two interception contest against Ole Miss.

The bottom line here is that Mettenberger needs to improve on those numbers if LSU is going to contend for an SEC Title and a BCS Bowl bid in 2013. He is going to have to surpass 12 touchdown passes, he is going to have to cut down on his fumbles and interceptions, and he is going to have to become a leader for this offensive unit.

With Cameron in town, all those things are certainly possible.

Joe Flacco was a 3-star prospect coming out of high school. Now, 10 years later—five of which were spent under the guidance of Cam Cameron—he is the Super Bowl MVP and one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL.

Zach Mettenberger has all the tools to be great. He has the desire to be great. Now with the right coach, that desire can turn into a real-life reality.

Why wouldn't a 21-year-old quarterback be thrilled?