Published March 25, 2013 - 9:50amNEW: Follow on facebook -
LSU made a prominent and sexy hire for its offensive coordinator in Cam Cameron. Specifically, Cameron is tasked with developing one of the more head scratching quarterbacks in the country in Zach Mettenberger.
Cameron is more known for helping develop Drew Brees, Phillip Rivers and Joe Flacco, and Les Miles is certainly hoping Mettenberger flourishes under Cameron’s tutelage as a senior.
And after LSU’s first scrimmage, Miles was encouraged and said Mettenberger ‘looked good’.
“He made a couple of intuitive throws today,” Les Miles said in statements made public by the university. “He saw things very quickly and got the ball out of his hand. Guys anticipated the catch and down the field it went. He looked good and 20-of-30 to start is really nice. Two series were against the second team but the rest of the day was against the first team defense.”
Mettenberger finished 20 of 30 for 200 yards and two touchdowns, and his primary receiver, Jarvis Landry, finished with 10 catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns. Landry and Odell Beckham’s continued improvement will make Mett a much better quarterback, too.
Should we go ahead and pencil in Mett’s name as a Heisman finalist? No. But he doesn’t have to be a Heisman finalist for LSU to win the SEC.
The problem with Mettenberger isn’t looking the part in practice or scrimmages. He’s always looked the part; he has always passed the eye test. The one question I have would be whether he is a gamer. Can he hold it together in big games and make plays late in the fourth quarter to get a big win?
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Bama’s AJ McCarron doesn’t pass the eye test; he doesn’t have the strongest arm, nor is he as physically impressive a pocket passer as Mettenberger. But when the game is on the line on the country’s biggest stage, he always shows up.
It’s time Mettenberger takes that next step forward and becomes the quarterback everyone thought he’d be, especially as a senior leader for the Tigers. And a strong spring practice under Cameron’s tutelage in a new system certainly makes Mett one of the more intriguing players to watch in 2013.
Miles impressed with Cameron
Les Miles is already impressed with Cam Cameron, his leadership and the way the offense has responded just five practices and one scrimmage into the spring.
“He’s good, he’s impressive and the offense mirrored him pretty well,” coach Les Miles said. “He went after it, and the offense responded.”
Cameron is known for getting running backs and tight ends involved in the passing game, and that should bode well for an offense that is looking to move the sticks on third and five. Alfred Blue, Kenny Hilliard and Jeremy Hill are more than capable of picking up first downs as check down receivers.
Likewise, Cameron will use the tight end much more than previous years, a position that only saw a production of 16 catches for 182 yards and no touchdowns in 2012 under Greg Studrawa’s watch.
It remains to be seen whether Cameron will have a great effect on the offense, or whether it will be a Charlie Weis-type hire for Miles and LSU.
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