Jameon Lewis hasn’t put up big numbers yet this season, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t doing his job and improving.
Through four games, the third-year sophomore has five catches for 61 yards, with a long of 21. He has yet to find the end zone. Coming into this season, it was expected that Lewis would have a greater impact after a freshman year in which he had a huge debut but then practically vanished the rest of the season.
“There ain’t been too much put on my shoulders, so I’ve been able to maintain and try to make less mistakes out there,” Lewis said.
He believes there is more consistency to his game, “because whenever they call my number, whatever they tell me to do and prepare for, I know what to do. I’m just trying to eliminate the mistakes and do the most positive thing I can.”
As a slot receiver, Lewis is supposed to be that guy who can poke holes in a defense’s belly and use his speed to create big plays. But he’s backing up senior Chad Bumphis, who’s having a fine year so far. And with so many other options at receiver, perhaps it’s not too surprising Lewis has yet to break out. He’s run some wildcat, too, but not with great success – just nine yards on four carries.
“At receiver he’s getting a little bit more consistent, even though he at times ad-libs like he used to,” offensive coordinator Les Koenning said. “But he’s getting older, he’s getting more mature, he’s getting better. He’s put himself in better positions to catch the ball.”
With Bumphis being a senior, of course, Lewis will eventually have to step to the fore. Having a breakout game this season is something he needs to get him going and to show he’s ready to be the man at slot receiver. While he feels he’s getting better, Lewis is itching to have the kind of game he had against Memphis last year, when he caught four passes for 113 yards and a touchdown.
And, of course, if he has such a game, he’ll have to build off it with more production.
“It’s going to happen real soon,” Lewis said. “I’ve been kind of upset with myself lately, because I’ve put a lot upon myself. I have a goal every game, but I haven’t reached it yet, so I’m working hard to achieve that.”
• vs. Jackson State: 3 catches, 32 yards; 2 rushes, 11 yards
• vs. Auburn: 1 catch, 21 yards
• at Troy: 1 rush, minus-3 yards
• vs. South Alabama: 1 catch, 8 yards; 1 rush, 1 yard
Here’s some video of Lewis.