Cameron's offensive makeover at LSU looks promising
SEP 07, 2013 1:27a ET
The regular season debut of new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron drew rave reviews: the Tigers ran the ball well, passed efficiently and converted 13 out of 19 third downs.
"When you win a game, put up close to 500 yards on offense, 37 points, everything looks good," wide receiver Jarvis Landry said.
Coach Les Miles was pleased with the performance that bumped his team up to No. 9 in the AP Poll, especially with quarterback Zach Mettenberger's improved play.
"It just lets you know that the quarterback is understanding the calls and making the plays, and obviously the receivers are getting open," Miles said. "The one thing that Zach appears to me to have is a greater tempo, understands what he's responsible to do, in terms of coordinating the style of play, the motion and the adjustment thereafter, understands the cadence and really is getting to play faster."
Mettenberger is giving credit to his receivers and indicating he'll use more weapons in the future.
"You throw to the guys who are open," Mettenberger said. "Jarvis and Odell, they're our primary receivers on a lot of plays, and they were open a lot, but we're definitely going to try to spread the ball around. We have the players to do it, and we're just going to try to keep getting better from here."
As impressive as Mettenberger's improvement looked on the national stage last week, he could easily deliver an even more inspired statistical game Saturday night in Death Valley, bolstered by an evening home crowd, facing a Blazers' defense that gave up 497 yards to Troy and allowed Trojans quarterback Corey Robinson to complete 30 of 32 passes. According to Landry, it will simply be a matter of getting the job done.
"We trust fully in the things the coaches prepare for us, and we know it's about us and executing."
The Tigers have 2 more weeks to test Cameron's new offense before they face an SEC opponent. Auburn calls on Baton Rouge Saturday, September 21.
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