With senior Colby Cameron looking to be the starter for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, last year's opening-week starter, Nick Isham, has officially left Sonny Dykes' program. Isham started the first seven games of the season, in fact, completing 60.3 percent of his throws, gaining 1,457 yards and throwing seven picks. The move leaves redshirt sophomore Zach Griffith as the next on the depth chart.
Let's look back at Bill Connelly's 2012 La Tech preview for a little bit more on what this all means:
An efficient running game allowed them to move the chains, but with freshman quarterback Nick Isham initially running the show, they were mostly hopeless on passing downs. Eventually junior Colby Cameron took over behind center, but he only improved matters so much. This offense went as far as the running game took it, though for a good portion of the season, that took them far enough.
Of course, the passing game could improve just because of experience behind center. Isham won the starting job and, as would be expected, had his ups and downs. He was sacked nearly seven percent of the time and averaged just 4.8 yards per pass attempt -- 2.0 in a tight win over Utah State, 4.7 in a tight loss to Mississippi State, and 4.8 in a loss to Hawaii. When Cameron took over, things improved, but only so much. The Bulldogs went 7-1 with Cameron, but a lot of that was due to the fact that the schedule got easier. For the season, Tech averaged 25.8 Adj. PPG when Isham started, 27.5 with Cameron. But both are a year older, wiser, et cetera, now; Cameron is expected to hold onto the job, but Isham isn't as far behind as it would seem.
Isham hasn't provided a reason why he's transferring, nor is there any word on where he's headed just yet.
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