LSU Tigers: Philip Rivers

Spring preview: Cameron's influence

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Cam Cameron Al Messerschmidt/Getty ImagesCam Cameron's NFL experience is likely to help the LSU Tigers.
As LSU prepares to begin spring practice March 14, GeauxTigerNation will take daily looks at aspects of the spring camp. This is the fifth in the series:

BATON ROUGE, La. -- With LSU bringing in a new offensive coordinator in Cam Cameron, the question is, how will it affect the offense?

Over the years, Tigers teams under Les Miles have had strikingly similar offensive identities. The power running game has been a staple. The downfield passing game has usually been there. Since defensive coordinator John Chavis brought a dominant defense to town in 2009, the willingness to play conservatively and exchange field position with superior special teams has been part of the identity.

With Cameron and his Air Coryell background things might be tweaked. Cameron made his name as the offensive guru of the San Diego Chargers and the Baltimore Ravens and served as head coach of the Miami Dolphins and Indiana University.

Here are some common threads that might continue to be traits of his offense at LSU:

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What would Cameron mean to offense? 

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- It's not official yet, but it looks like LSU will probably soon have a new offensive coordinator in Cam Cameron.

For an offense not known for its passing game, it's an interesting choice,

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Rob Carr/Getty ImagesCam Cameron could be the guy to bring LSU's passing game to the next level.
Known as a follower of the "Air Coryell" offense popularized by Don Coryell's late-70s San Diego Chargers teams, Cameron has a history with successful quarterbacks. At Michigan, he tutored future NFL quarterbacks Elvis Grbac and Todd Collins as QB coach from 1990-93, working alongside Michigan assistant coach Les Miles. With the Washington Redskins, he coached Gus Frerotte to his only Pro Bowl.

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UNT means bad weather in Baton Rouge

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Maybe the lesson learned this week for LSU is this: Don't schedule North Texas.

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AP Photo/Lynne SladkyHurricane Katrina forced LSU's season opener against North Texas to be postponed in 2005.
LSU will play the Eagles for the fifth time in school history Saturday if Baton Rouge emerges OK from the effects of Hurricane Isaac, which is blowing through Baton Rouge with prolonged tropical storm force Wednesday.

This is all too familiar for LSU and North Texas.

In 2005, LSU's season opener against North Texas was postponed because of Hurricane Katrina and was instead played Oct. 29 (LSU won, 56-3). In 2008, Hurricane Gustav forced LSU to push up the start of its season opener against Appalachian State to a morning start, then postpone its second game against Troy. LSU's first game to go on as originally scheduled was against North Texas in the season's third week (LSU won, 41-3).

"I don't think North Texas has anything to do with it," said LSU coach Les Miles, who was the Tigers' coach in the previous two North Texas games. "But it is an unusual coincidence."

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When he takes snaps during quarterback drills, Stephen Rivers looks impossibly tall, like a basketball forward in football pads.

At 6-foot-7, 212 pounds and noticeably long-limbed, he doesn't drop back after receiving a center snap, he unfolds.

"And handing off, for most people, it's right there," he said, holding out a lanky right arm waist-high to mimic the motion of a quarterback handing the ball to a running back. "For me, I have to bend down more."

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