If LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron holds true to his recent statements, the Bayou Bengals have one of the coaching wins of the offseason. Les Miles won the hiring game a season ago, and now, with all signs pointing to Cameron returning, Miles scores another major victory for his team.
"I don't plan on going anywhere soon," Cameron, 52, told NOLA.com recruiting analyst James Smith. "I don't want to uproot my family right now." Cameron and his wife, Missy, have four children, high school age and younger.
NOLA.com got the scoop, after it was rumored that Cameron was a candidate for the Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator position. If the news is true, then LSU folks should be excited, starting with Anthony Jennings.
As a freshman forced into action due to the Zach Mettenberger injury, Jennings struggled mightily in the two games in which he saw considerable time. While folks remember the big play that won the game against Arkansas, the fact is that Jennings went 11-for-26 to close out the season, including a 7-for-19 performance in the bowl game against Iowa.
Jennings needs Cameron in a big way. The coordinator and quarterbacks coach worked wonders with Zach Mettenberger in the spring and fall of 2013, turning the big-armed quarterback into a model of quality quarterback play. Mettenberger improved his mechanics, his reads and his accuracy under the tutelage of Cameron.
All of the listed areas are parts of the game where Jennings still needs major improvements.
Also in the quarterback mix is newcomer Brandon Harris and Class of 2013 signee Hayden Rettig. The early enrollee is a 4-star dual-threat prospect who is hoping to compete with Jennings for the starting job. Rettig is also in the mix as a former 4-star pro style quarterback who sat for the 2013 campaign and looks to fight with Harris and Jennings for the starting job during the spring.
While the quarterbacks are the immediate beneficiaries of Cameron's return, the entire LSU team will reap the rewards. The coordinator is good for the offense and a quality offense is good for the entire team. Miles' team loses two 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard running back in addition to transition at the quarterback spot.
Replacing the pieces will be tough to navigate, and having someone with the deft touch of Cameron is a must for an LSU team looking to break in new faces at the wide receiver positions. With both Kenny Hilliard and Terrence Magee back, expect LSU to lean on the run game while the receivers and quarterback get up to speed.
One point to watch as LSU finds new pass catchers will be Cameron looking to his tight ends. Last season, both Dillon Gordon and Travis Dickson made plays in the passing game in a limited capacity. As new faces look to get up to speed, watch for Cameron to lean on Gordon and Dickson as weapons to move the ball.
As long as the word on Cameron holds true, LSU has already won its biggest battle of the offseason. Now, with spring ball quickly approaching, LSU is set up for a quarterback battle led by one of the nation's most capable offensive coordinators.