BATON ROUGE, La. – New LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron isn’t ready to promise that quarterback Zach Mettenberger and his top receivers will be better than the collection of talented underachievers they resembled a year ago.
For now, the longtime college and NFL coach is only cautiously optimistic that the progress he has seen at practice bodes well for a regular season that begins Aug. 31 against TCU in Dallas. Although Cameron says it’s impossible to know how preseason practices will transfer to games, he says there is no throw Mettenberger can’t make, and that the quarterback has worked hard to improve his mechanics.
Junior receiver Odell Beckham says LSU’s passing game will be “spectacular.”
Cameron says LSU’s running backs also will have a “critical” role in the passing game.
MICHIGAN: In Ann Arbor, Mich., Rarely do college offensive linemen play as true freshmen.
Even Michigan greats Taylor Lewan, Jake Long and Jon Jansen redshirted as freshmen.
Wolverines’ guard Kyle Kalis emphasized it was a coaching decision for him and his fellow freshmen – Ben Braden, Erik Magnuson and Blake Bars – to redshirt.
Michigan should get the payoff this year.
With all three interior positions open on the offensive line after the three senior starters graduated, Kalis is leading a group that may be the key to U-M’s season.
The Wolverines are switching to a pro-style offense, a power running game and a downfield passing game, all of which demand a potent offensive line. Whereas the Denard Robinson-led offense covered for an offensive line breakdown, the pressure will be on this line – specifically with the unproven middle – to perform.
STANFORD: In Stanford, Calif., David Shaw has been telling his players for months to put last season’s Rose Bowl victory behind them and go for greater success next time they take the field. That time has finally arrived.
Stanford’s prolonged offseason officially ends today, when the defending Pac-12 Conference champions begin preseason practice. The Cardinal will be one of the last teams in the country to start training camp because it will be one of the last to start the regular season.
Stanford kicks off at home against San Jose State on Sept. 7, about a week later than most college teams.