Through Cam's Eyes

Second-year offensive coordinator Cam Cameron updates TSD on the latest with his quarterback battle as well as what makes Leonard Fournette special in his eyes and how the LSU staff handles recruiting younger prospects.

Beginning his second year as LSU offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron is at the tail end of a different type of spring than he oversaw a year ago when Zach Mettenberger was the team's surefire starting quarterback and a trio of future NFLers were manning the wide receiver and running back positions.

This time around Cameron has been tasked with grooming two green signal callers, early enrollee Brandon Harris and rising sophomore Anthony Jennings, while revamping the depth chart at the skill positions and tweaking the Tigers' offense, mainly via the edition of read-option looks and other outlets that put to use the mobility of his new quarterbacks.

After Saturday's spring game Cameron addressed his ongoing position battle under center and shared his thoughts on what makes incoming running back Leonard Fournette special and how LSU's staff approaches the recruitment of increasingly younger prospects.


Cameron answered several questions about the competition between his two lead quarterbacks, putting into perspective how big of a piece the spring game, where Harris clearly out-played Jennings, is to him in comparison to the entire spring.

"I think you look at the total body of the work, but it is the most game-like. Everybody is off to the sidelines, there are different situations and on-field positions, the fans, so yeah, I think it tells you a lot about a player at every position, whether it be quarterback, running back, receiver. Travin Dural had his best practice of the spring, and that's what you like to see. The quarterbacks will do nothing but get better over time. They've gotten better throughout the spring. You look at the overall body of work, but at the same time you go, ‘Okay, what did they do in Tiger Stadium in front of fans?' I think that does have merit."

Competition rages on between Jennings and Harris
He also opened up on the most encouraging sign from his young quarterbacks on Saturday and recalled a moment where Harris drew his ire while Jennings showed some moxie.

"By far the most encouraging thing is that every guy had some adversity, whether it be an interception or a fumble or an incompletion, and they bounced back. I think quarterbacks that are growing and developing have to have that ability – the ability to put things behind us and go on to the next play. We talk to them all the time about playing one play at a time, whether you throw a touchdown pass, you gotta come right back … I jumped Brandon Harris after that first series of the second half. He has a nice first half then comes out, makes two poor decisions and we're three-and-out and we punt. But I give Anthony Jennings credit that he comes out and takes his team right down the field and throws a touchdown pass to score after throwing a couple of interceptions. So I love the fact that they overcame some adversity."


Fournette was in attendance at Saturday's spring game
A bit of a departure from players who actually took part in Saturday's glorified scrimmage, Cameron also fielded a question about running back signee Leonard Fournette, who will arrive on campus over the summer.

The response from Cameron is interesting in that he's not nearly as excited about the whole 6-foot-1, 224-pound, physical freak part as he is what Fournette brings under the helmet. According to Cameron it's that dimension which separates Fournette from others and makes him "special."

"Here's what I like about him: I like the way his mind works. He's an extremely smart and bright young man, and he understands football. Talent will only take you so far in this game. When you put the brains with it and knowing what to do and thinking the game, then you can be special. I think he's special from that regard."


Reaching past Fournette and into the prep ranks, Cameron then explained the LSU staff's philosophy on recruiting younger players, from which qualities they seek to where the final word rests. At least part of Cameron's response is a nod to what endeared him to eighth-grade quarterback commitment Zadock Dinkelmann (who was at the spring game), the nephew of former BYU great Ty Detmer.

Cameron finished by reflecting Miles' view on sending players to the field earlier and earlier, something that, depending on how you look at it, could simultaneously be the cause and solution to LSU's annual exodus of underclassmen.

"Any decision we make starts with Les and Frank Wilson, and then our coaching staff makes collective decisions. Sometimes those types of decisions are on instinct, knowing the family background, because you never really know. But there are certain things you might see at an early age, or they remind you of someone else.

"One thing we believe, and it starts with Les, is young players are going to come in and play. Young players are going to play big roles. You look at our team two years ago before I got here, last year and this group of players coming in, they come in with an expectation to play a big role when they're young."


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