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Cameron to continue physical, tough LSU offense


Today Les Miles named Cam Cameron LSU's new offensive coordinator calling it, "a very key hire and a great day for LSU football."

Miles added, "I think there is an opportunity to add a very fine football coach and a quality man to our staff. The style of experience that Cam Cameron brings is of someone who has been a head coach in college and in the NFL. He's called plays, really for a career."

Greg Studrawa will remain at LSU as offensive line coach.

Miles announced that Steve Kragthorpe's role is being adjusted to a non-coaching, off the field administrative position.

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.

Cameron started his college career at Michigan working under legendary head coach Bo Schembechler and Gary Moeller. Cameron and Miles served together at Michigan in the 1980's and became close friends.

Cameron was head coach at Indiana from 1997-2001. His overall record with the Hoosiers was 18-37 and the team had no winning seasons during the five year span. At Indiana Cameron coached quarterback Randle El, who became the first player in NCAA Division I history to pass for 40 career touchdowns and rush for 40 career TDs.

Cameron's NFL experience includes stops at San Diego, Miami and Baltimore.

In 2002, he was named offensive coordinator for the Chargers. While in San Diego he coached Pro Bowl quarterbacks Drew Brees and Phillip Rivers and running back LaDainian Tomlinson.

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.

In 2007, he replaced former LSU head coach Nick Saban at Miami, but was fired at the end of the season after the Dolphins went 1-15.

In 2008, Cameron joined the Ravens as the team's offensive coordinator. He was fired after week 14 of the 2012 season and replaced by Jim Caldwell. Baltimore went on the beat the 49ers in the Super Bowl. Cameron has been credited with the development of Super Bowl MVP quarterback Joe Flacco.

Cameron will take over a talented LSU group including Zach Mettenberger that finished number 85 in the nation in total offense (10th in the SEC) and number 92 in passing offense. The Tigers finished the 2012 season with a 10-3 record and a number 14 ranking.

Asked about his offensive philosophy, Cameron said, "It's the LSU Football style already. It's physical. It's tough. It is bringing in guys that are smart and know this game and understand that there are three phases to this game and it is not just offense. We are charged on offense with taking care of the football." 

"Does that mean you play conservative? Absolutely not. You have to play smart aggressive football. It has to have a physical nature to it. That is the way we were raised. We are not apologizing for it."

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