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@RossDellenger what going on with Cam Cameron contract. Will we go with a little spread this year
— Derrick Franklin (@Derrick70292577) March 1, 2016
As we’ve reported for a while now, LSU and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron are “working” on a new deal. That’s what coach Les Miles and athletic director Joe Alleva have said recently. Alleva reiterated to The Advocate less than two weeks ago.
Cameron’s contract ends on March 31. Like all of LSU’s assistants’ contracts, it rolls over for a term of one year if A) it’s not extended and if B) the university decides not to end the deal.
Yes, I do believe you’ll see some changes to LSU’s offense this year. Keep in mind, though, that the Tigers still have, arguably, the best running back in the nation on the roster, so they’re gonna run the ball. In fact, I expect them to run the ball more than ever.
However, I do think you’ll see some changes. Les Miles said a couple of weeks ago that the program planned to visit other schools to study their offensive philosophies. He also told reporters that they’ll notice changes in how LSU practices this spring, with regards to the passing game.
@RossDellenger is Gordon going to get the medical redshirt?
— Llewyn Davis (@Thatknicker) March 1, 2016
I have no idea, but Les Miles said a few weeks ago that he felt “50-50? on it. The NCAA has pretty strict rules on granting players a fifth-year of eligibility.
According to the NCAA rule, a player can receive another year of eligibility if he played less than one-third of the season, but all of it must come in the first half of the season. Gordon played in part of three games before his injury in what was the Tigers’ sixth game of a 12-game season, counting the bowl.
@RossDellenger potential impact freshman?
— Jacob Richardson Jr (@jakerichjr) March 1, 2016
You have to start with the mid-year enrollees who will participate in spring practice. Among that group, defensive back Saivion Smith and linebacker Michael Divinity seem to be the most likely to make their way into the rotation.
That’s not to say the other mid-year enrollees – receivers Dee Anderson and Stephen Sullivan and running back Devin White – won’t find the playing field quickly. All five of them will be ahead of LSU’s other freshmen, who will enroll this summer.
Among the other freshmen, defensive tackle Rashard Lawrence and defensive backs Kristian Fulton and Eric Monroe were three of the highest rated signees in the class. OLB Rahssan Thornton might see early playing time just because of the depth issue at linebacker – a reason Divinity is probably the most likely rookie to see the field this season.
@RossDellenger where do you think Trey Quinn will transfer to and when do you think he will make that decision?
— Chris (@cwhutton1) March 1, 2016
Quinn is barred from transferring to another Southeastern Conference team, something we reported here. That whittles the list down. Texas and Clemson were among non-SEC schools he visited during the recruiting process. Those are potential landing spots.
As for the timing, I have no idea, but Quinn will probably visit several schools. That takes time. There’s no real rush, aside from getting enrolled at his new school by the time summer classes begin in June.