LSU names Cam Cameron offensive coordinator
POSTED: Friday, February 15, 2013 - 12:36pm
UPDATED: Friday, February 15, 2013 - 2:17pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — Cam Cameron, whose career includes head coaching positions at the NFL and collegiate levels, has been tabbed as LSU’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, head coach Les Miles announced on Friday.
Cameron, who has coached some of the NFL’s top offensive players including Drew Brees, Philip Rivers and LaDainian Tomlinson, joins the Tiger staff after serving as the offensive coordinator for the past five years with the Baltimore Ravens.
Miles also announced on Friday that Greg Studrawa will return to his role as offensive line coach and that Steve Kragthorpe will take an administrative job on the football staff. Studrawa has spent the past two seasons serving in a dual capacity as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, while Kragthorpe coached the LSU’s quarterbacks for the past two years.
A native of Chapel Hill, N.C., Cameron has 29 years of coaching experience to his credit, 15 at the college level and 14 in the NFL. Six of his 29 years in coaching have come as a head coach as he served five years as a head coach at Indiana from 1997-2001 and then followed that with one season as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins in 2007.
Miles and Cameron served together on the Michigan coaching staff for seven years from 1987-93. Miles coached the offensive line for the Wolverines during that span, while Cameron coached quarterbacks and wide receivers.
Most recently, Cameron helped develop Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco into one of the best at his position in the NFL. Flacco was named Super Bowl MVP after leading the Ravens to a 34-31 win over San Francisco in the Super Bowl. He also became the first quarterback in NFL history to lead his team to the playoffs in each of his first five seasons, all of which came under Cameron’s watch.
Prior to his five years in Baltimore, Cameron served as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins in 2007 going 1-15 in his only season as a NFL head coach.
Cameron had tremendous success as the offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers from 2002-06, helping the franchise to the playoffs twice, going 14-2 record in 2006 and 12-4 mark in 2004.
In 2006, Cameron’s play-calling helped the Chargers lead the NFL in scoring with 492 points and Tomlinson was named the NFL’s MVP by the Associated Press after setting a franchise record with 1,815 rushing yards and 31 total touchdowns. Six members of the Charger offensive unit were named to the Pro Bowl that year.
Future Hall of Fame quarterback Brees got his first NFL start under Cameron as he spent four of his first five years in the league with the new LSU offensive coordinator. Cameron was named the NFL Offensive Assistant Coach of the Year by SportsIllustrated.com in 2004 as Brees was selected to the Pro Bowl along with being picked the NFL Comeback Player of the Year and Most Improved Player of the Year.
In four years under Cameron, Brees threw for over 12,000 yards and 79 touchdowns, while Tomlinson rushed for over 1,300 yards each season.
As head coach at Indiana from 1997-2001, Cameron helped create quarterback Antwaan Randle El into one of the most dynamic players in college football history. Randle El became the first player in NCAA Division I history to pass for 40 career touchdowns and rush for 40 career TDs. He finished fifth on the NCAA all-time total yardage list with 11,364 yards (7,469 passing, 3,895 rushing) and was sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting as a senior in 2001.
Cameron’s five-year record with the Hoosiers was 18-37 with his best season coming in 2001 when Indiana won four of its last five games and posted a 5-6 mark with wins over Wisconsin and Michigan State.
A 1983 graduate of Indiana with a degree in business, Cameron broke into coaching in 1984 serving as a graduate assistant under legendary Michigan coach Bo Schembechler. After two years as a graduate assistant with the Wolverines, Cameron was elevated to wide receivers coach in 1986. He held that role for four years before adding quarterbacks to his list of responsibilities in 1990. Cameron served on the Michigan staff through 1993 when he moved to the NFL as the quarterbacks coach for the Washington Redskins.
As a collegiate player, Cameron played both football and basketball at Indiana. He appeared in 22 football games as a quarterback and in 30 games for the basketball team. Cameron earned two letters as a quarterback for the Hoosiers, playing for Lee Corso in 1982 and Sam Wyche in 1983, before a knee injury cut his senior season short. He also played basketball for Bobby Knight, earning a pair of letters in 1981-82 and 1982-83. Cameron was a member of Indiana’s 1983 Big Ten Championship Team in basketball.