Cam Cameron, whose career includes head coaching positions at the NFL and collegiate levels, goes into his third season with the Tigers in 2015. In his first year at LSU and with a veteran quarterback in Zach Mettenberger, Cameron’s offense had one of the most prolific seasons in school history.
Last year with a sophomore and a true freshman at quarterback who had a combined one start going into the season, Cameron’s offense relied more on the running game led by 1,000-yard rusher Leonard Fournette. As a unit, LSU averaged 225 yards rushing a game and 387.5 total yards.
A native of Chapel Hill, N.C., Cameron joined the Tigers staff in February of 2013 after spending 14 seasons in the NFL where he coached some of the league’s top offensive players including Drew Brees, Philip Rivers and LaDainian Tomlinson. Cameron has coached a combined 30 years at the collegiate and NFL levels, which includes a 5-year stint as the head coach at Indiana and one season at the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.
In his first year at LSU in 2013, Cameron’s offense racked up the second-highest yardage total in school history with 5,893 yards and the Tigers set the school record for total offense with 453.3 yards a game. LSU also scored a school record 37 rushing TDs and had 60 rushing/passing TDs combined, which was just four shy of tying the school record.
Individually, LSU become first team in SEC history with a 3,000-yard passer (Zach Mettenberger), two 1,000-yard receivers (Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr.) and a 1,000-yard rusher (Jeremy Hill) in the same season. Landry and Beckham Jr. also became the first pair of receivers in LSU history to have 1,000 receiving yards in the same season.
Mettenberger became the first LSU quarterback to throw for 2,500-yards in back-to-back seasons and he joined Rohan Davey and JaMarcus Russell as the only 3,000-yard passers in school history.
Hill’s 1,401 rushing yards wound up being the second-highest single-season total in school history, while his 6.9 yards per carry in 2013 were the most by a running back in SEC history. Hill also tied the LSU record with seven 100-yard rushing games.
All four of LSU’s 2013 starters at offensive skill positions were selected in the 2014 NFL Draft with wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. going 12th overall to the New York Giants, wide receiver Jarvis Landry (Miami Dolphins) and running back Jeremy Hill (Cincinnati Bengals) both going in the second round and quarterback Zach Mettenberger (Tennessee Titans) going in the sixth round. LSU had a total of seven offensive players picked in the NFL Draft.
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.
Prior to joining the LSU staff, 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 in February of 2013. 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.
The Cameron File
Year at LSU: Third (appointed Feb. 15, 2013)
Birthdate: Feb. 6, 1961 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Children: Tommy, Danny, Christopher, Elizabeth
High School: South Vigo (Terre Haute, Ind.), ‘79
College: Indiana, ‘83
1979-83 Indiana (football and basketball)
1984-85 Michigan (graduate assistant)
1986-93 Michigan (quarterbacks/wide receivers)
1994-96 Washington Redskins (quarterbacks)
1997-2001 Indiana (head coach)
2002-06 San Diego Chargers (offensive coordinator)
2007 Miami Dolphins (head coach)
2008-12 Baltimore Ravens (offensive coordinator)
2013-14 LSU (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks)
As a coach
Season, Bowl, Team, Opponent, Results
1987, Outback, Michigan, Alabama, W, 28-24
1988, Rose, Michigan, Southern Cal, W, 22-14
1989, Rose, Michigan, Southern Cal, L, 17-10
1990, Gator, Michigan, Ole Miss, W, 35-3
1991, Rose, Michigan, Washington, L, 34-14
1992, Rose, Michigan, Washington, W, 38-31
1993, Outback, Michigan, N.C. State, W, 42-7
2013, Outback, LSU, Iowa, W, 21-14
2014, Music City, LSU, Notre Dame, L, 31-28