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Cameron new LSU OC

Cam Cameron was fired by the Ravens before the NFL playoffs. (US Presswire)

Cam Cameron is LSU's new offensive coordinator, a source confirmed to CBS on Friday. Cameron and Tigers head coach Les Miles have been tight for years, dating back to their days on Bo Schembechler's staff at University of Michigan in the '80s.

The 52-year-old Cameron had been the Baltimore Ravens OC but was fired during the regular season, before the team went on its Super Bowl run. Cameron replaces Greg Studrawa, who ran a Tiger team that finished No. 85 in the nation in total offense in 2012. LSU, which finished 10-3, did have to overcome an assortment of injuries on its O-line.

Cameron's first project will be trying to help develop Zach Mettenberger, the team's strong-armed QB. The program has been plagued by suspect quarterback play for years and seemingly has been able to win in spite of its QBs. Last season, LSU ranked No. 92 in passing and Mettenberger only had a 12-7 TD-INT ratio.

Cameron does have a good reputation for developing talent. He deserves credit for the evolution of Ravens QB Joe Flacco, who Cameron mentored for five seasons (2008-12). While in San Diego with the Chargers (2002-07), Cameron played a key role in the development of Pro Bowl QBs Drew Brees and Philip Rivers, RB LaDainian Tomlinson and TE Antonio Gates.

As head coach at Indiana from 1997-2001 -- his most recent collegiate stop -- Cameron helped QB Antwaan Randle El blossom into one of the most dynamic talents in college football. Cameron went 18-37 in five seasons with the Hoosiers before an 11-year run in the NFL, which included 10 seasons as a coordinator and a disastrous 1-15 year as head coach of the Miami Dolphins in 2007.


Bruce Feldman is a senior writer for CBSSports.com and college football commentator for CBS Sports Network. He is a New York Times Bestselling author, who has written books including Swing Your Sword, Meat Market and Cane Mutiny. Prior to joining CBS, Feldman spent 17 years at ESPN.
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