Les Miles may be the head coach of LSU, but the eyes of Tigers Nation will be on first-year offensive coordinator Cam Cameron when the team kicks off against TCU on Aug. 31.
After years of disappointing passing attacks, fans want to see LSU open up the playbook a bit more. Miles has promised as much, and quarterback Zach Mettenberger was supposed to be the answer in 2012. However, the JUCO transfer did not play up to standard, and the former Chargers and Ravens offensive coordinator was brought in to fix the issue.
There is a larger factor involved in the team’s offensive attack, however, and it is one that Cameron is embracing: The physicality of the LSU football program.
“LSU practices just like the Ravens and 49ers. And I think those two teams practice more physical than a lot of teams at the next level. Why? If you look, we all have a Michigan connection. We all have a Bo Schembechler connection. There is a physicalness in our DNA. That’s what Les believes, I know that’s what John believes, I know that’s what Jim believes, we don’t know any different. We believe that’s why we win. That’s one of the reasons why I was excited about coming here because I know the foundation that Les has built here. It’s about being physical. It’s about doing things right in detail. It’s recruiting players that enjoy the physical contact and hard work. Our players are outstanding workers. They enjoy the grind of what we do. I don’t know if it’s like that at every other place, and I’m really not concerned if it is or isn’t.”