Danny Cameron, son of Cam, is Indiana’s emergency man

He was a late addition to Indiana’s incoming recruiting class, only signing to play football in Bloomington during the first week of July.

But freshman quarterback Danny Cameron’s role with the Hoosiers has taken on a greater meaning after the losses of both Nate Sudfeld and Chris Covington. Cameron is third on the depth chart this week, backing up starter Zander Diamont and second-stringer Nate Boudreau.

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Indiana coach Kevin Wilson extended a scholarship to Cameron after a summer visit, hoping to build depth at the quarterback position after the spring transfers of Tre Roberson and Cam Coffman.

Cameron isn’t in an open competition for the starting job, but his presence on the roster is important for Wilson and IU.

“We’re pleased with him,” Wilson said. “We offered him because we thought he could help us in case some things happened. So at the time when the situation happened in the summer, and all of a sudden we had a void at quarterback, we looked around. We thought that was an option that could help us. Right now he’s our third.”

Cameron, the son of former IU player and coach Cam, played his high school football between Loyola Blakefield in Maryland and Baton Rouge Catholic in Louisiana, transferring after his father went from serving as offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens to filling the same job at LSU. Last year in Baton Rouge he split time between defensive back and quarterback, completing 23 of his 44 passes for 344 yards and six touchdowns.

As he ascends the depth chart, he’s receiving more work in practice and in the film room. His practice reps are still limited behind Diamont and Boudreau, but he’s spending more time with the top few units during the week.

Cameron was late to develop as a high school quarterback, but his understanding of the game is perhaps more refined thanks to his father’s involvement in the game.

“There are some things where his comments and conversations show he’s been around it,” Wilson said. “Sometimes he’ll actually say something or see something quicker when you’re sitting next to him than Zander or Nate would. … At the same time, as a dad, sometimes you like to be a dad and not coach your kids. So I don’t know how much Cam really coached his kids. Sometimes as a coach you’re careful you don’t force your kids to play ball.

“You know, Danny hadn’t played as much. I know he’s a very football‑smart guy, but his time on task of reps is limited, just like Zander. So what do you see when you play? That’s a question we ask him all the time that I don’t know. It’s like, ‘What are you seeing and what are you thinking? Are you thinking you’re not playing? Did you think the corner or you think the safety rotated strong? What do you see and what do you think?’

“And when you’re dealing with young players, that’s just one of our best ways of coaching is really to understand what they’re thinking, what they’re seeing so we can kind of get on the same page, instead of telling them what to do, you need to understand what they see and think. I think that’s the key to coaching that position.”

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  1. Danny is a great athlete in multiple sorts. He thinks two steps ahead of the game. IU is lucky to have him.

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