The LSU Tigers stepped into an unusual situation on the offensive side of the ball last year when coordinator Steve Kragthorpe was forced to step down because of an illness, forcing offensive line coach Greg Studrawa to take over right before the start of training camp. On top of that, the Tigers were also breaking in new starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger. This year, the Tigers will be starting over once again on offense, this time under new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
Cameron comes from the Baltimore Ravens and brings with him 10 years of experience as an offensive coordinator in the NFL. He coached with LSU head coach Les Miles early in his career when the two were on the Michigan Wolverines staff together, and now Miles is entrusting Cameron with turning around an offense that was middle of the road nationally last year and barely averaged 200 yards a game passing.
It will be fascinating to watch what direction Cameron goes with the LSU offense. Last year, the Tigers felt it was necessary to throw the ball more, on account of having a pure pocket passer at quarterback in Mettenberger. However, they did that at the expense of their running game, which has been the team’s biggest strength for years. Although Mettenberger has a strong arm, he was ill prepared to handle such a big responsibility in LSU’s offense, and when he didn’t play well, the Tigers struggled to score points.
After working with Joe Flacco for the last five years, and helping to turn him into a Super Bowl winning quarterback, Cameron will now get a chance to develop Mettenberger, another tall pocket quarterback with a strong arm. But whether Cameron decides to put the offense on Mettenberger’s shoulders or return LSU to their traditional power running game remains to be seen. Either way, it’ll be a new era and a major change for the LSU offense in 2013 with Cameron running the show.