INDIANAPOLIS -- Although he played at a small school, former Louisiana Tech quarterback Colby Cameron believes he has what it takes to be a quarterback at the next level, and plans on showing that to coaches and scouts at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Cameron, the younger brother of Cleveland Browns tight end
“I’m smaller, not as big,” Cameron said. “Now, physically, I just get to show scouts what I can do from a running standpoint, an athletic standpoint, and just throwing the ball and seeing me in person. The way we threw the ball at my school in the past, it makes it fun for me just to be able to come out and throw to all these great athletes. I think it will be a good experience to showcase myself.”
Cameron is pursuing an NFL career one year after Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts and Washington’s Robert Griffin III led their teams to playoff berths during their first NFL seasons.
“I think it gives you confidence, just what these guys have done as rookies,” Cameron said. “Usually, you see a bunch of old guys, the Tom Bradys, the Peyton Mannings, be so successful when they’re old, but with this new class of young quarterbacks, it just gives you confidence that you can go in and play and try to be successful.”
Being successful is nothing new to Cameron.
During his career at Louisiana Tech, Cameron set the NCAA record for the most pass attempts without an interception, 444. He was intercepted in a 48-41 home overtime loss to Utah State on Nov. 17, 2012.
“I guess it was bound to happen,” Cameron laughed. “Being a quarterback, I just tried to move on to the next play. It was kind of funny. There was so much build-up to it that when it happened, it was a little shock. I just threw a bad ball and the corner broke on it pretty well. He just made a good play.”
Although his streak came to an end late in the year, earlier in the season, Cameron and the Bulldogs earned national attention when they pushed Texas A&M to the brink in a 59-57 loss to the Aggies. Cameron completed 44 of 58 attempts for 450 yards and a season-best five touchdowns against no interceptions.
Cameron had at least three passing touchdowns in seven games this season and finished the year with 4,147 yards and 31 touchdowns on 359 completions.
“The A&M game was just a fun game to be a part of, playing against a Heisman winner (in Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel) was great,” Cameron said. “The way that our offense came back -- we were down by so much -- it just shows us the character of our guys and what they believe in, and we thought we could win. We don’t just give up and I think that’s what makes it so special. Once we got rolling, I think we were just in the groove and ready to go.
“It just shows that we can do well at that level of competition. We know the SEC is a great conference, and to see that we did so well against them, I think it shows that we’re capable of possibly going to the next level.”
Going to the next level is exactly what Cameron is out to prove for himself this weekend.