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Cameron settles in quickly as Frontiers thrash Hurricanes

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

Staff Writer

The Fujitsu Frontiers might just have found the quarterback to solve their long-lasting problems at the position.

Colby Cameron has found a place to continue his football career, and both parties have taken advantage.

Former Louisiana Tech quarterback Cameron made an impressive debut in the X League when he helped the Frontiers rout the Hurricanes 93-0 on Sunday in the preliminary round of the Pearl Bowl Tournament at Kawasaki Fujimi Stadium.

Cameron led seven of eight possessions he played to touchdowns, establishing a 42-0 lead before he left the game with 3:45 remaining in the first half. He completed 12 of 14 for 179 yards and three touchdowns. He was picked off once.

“(My performance) was OK,” said Cameron, who had a 14-7 record with the Bulldogs. “It feels good to play football after spending a couple of years out. I was little rusty but all the things we put in this offense went pretty well.

“I guess the communications (with Japanese teammates) are great. We had no problems today. That’s very helpful to know.”

The 189-cm, 89-kg Cameron is one of two American quarterbacks currently starting for X League teams. The other is Kevin Craft of IBM, a UCLA product.

Cameron had his best season with the Bulldogs as a senior in 2012 when he completed 359 of 522 for 4,147 yards and 31 touchdowns and won the Sammy Baugh Award for the best passer. He also set an NCAA record for most consecutive pass attempts without an interception in a single season (428).

He wasn’t drafted by the NFL last year, but signed with the Carolina Panthers only to be cut during the training camp.

Under X League rules, each team can have a maximum four foreign players on the roster and play up to two of them on the field at the same time. Any foreign players who have played in any professional football leagues are not eligible to play in the X League.

Cameron was cut by the Panthers without playing a single game, so he is eligible to play in the X League. Because the Frontiers are a company-owned team, Cameron works in the human resources department of Fujitsu Ltd.

“When I met (Cameron) earlier this year, I liked him as a person,” said Fujitsu head coach Satoshi Fujita. “He has a good technique and a lot of knowledge of football. He is the kind of the guy who Japanese players learn from. The quarterback position has been one of our problems for years. I am confident that he will fit into Japanese football.”

Now Cameron has set his goal of guiding his team to the national championship. But what if he gets a call from the NFL again this summer?

“Right now I’m committed to Fujitsu. I’m here for good,” Cameron said.

The Frontiers, the runnersup at last year’s Pearl Bowl Tournament, dominated offensively, gaining 622 yards and scored 12 touchdowns. Geno Gordon and Keita Takanohashi each scored three times while backup quarterback Keiya Hiramoto threw for two touchdowns.