Best of Luck, Cam Cameron and Vernon Adams

With skin cancer in his medical history, Louisiana state offensive coordinator Cam Cameron certainly didn’t need a different type of cancer on top of it.  But that’s what he got.

An upbeat Cameron announced late last week that he has “been given a clean bill of health” after undergoing successful treatment for prostate cancer earlier in the month.  The 54-year-old expects to coach the Tigers’ offense as he has since 2013 without missing any time.

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As expected, transfer Vernon Adams Jr. will start the season at quarterback for the Oregon Ducks.  There had been a bit of uncertainty of late because Adams needed to pass one last math class at Eastern Washington to secure his graduation; he did so and was able to join the FBS’s sixth-ranked team just over two weeks ago.  Adams was an FCS All-American at Eastern Washington with numbers ridiculous enough (10,438 yards in the air and 1,232 on the ground over three seasons) to suggest that he can satisfactorily replace departed Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, despite the late start.

Mariota’s backup, Jeff Lockie, would likely have gotten the job had Adams not transferred in, but Lockie has thrown only 41 passes in the past two seasons, and all of them came in games in which the outcome had long been decided.  Meanwhile, Adams was tossing a remarkable 110 touchdown passes in three years and was twice named the Big Sky Conference’s offensive player of the year.
Of course, the Big Sky is not the Pac-12, but Adams will get it done, starting on September 5th when the Ducks open against – wait for it – Eastern Washington (#7 in the FCS preseason rankings despite the loss of Adams)!

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