Three Bulldogs earn weekly awards

Gabe Jackson

Gabe Jackson

STARKVILLE – A trio of Mississippi State players received honors on Monday for their performances against Kentucky last week.

Jameon Lewis was named to the Paul Hornung Award weekly honor roll, Gabe Jackson was selected as the Southeastern Conference’s Offensive Lineman of the Week and Malcolm Johnson garnered Tight End of the Week honors from the College Football Performance Awards.

The Paul Hornung Award is presented annually to the most versatile player in college football. For the second time this season, the award committee selected Lewis on its weekly honor roll.

Lewis has been the definition of versatile for Mississippi State this year. The junior wide receiver and returner has accounted for nine touchdowns in three different ways.

The 5-foot-9, 195-pounder has hauled in four touchdowns, rushed for three and thrown for two more. Against both Troy and Kentucky, Lewis had a rushing, passing and receiving score becoming the first player to accomplish the feat twice in the same season since 2008.

But lining up in multiple positions and taking on multiple roles is nothing new for the former Tylertown high school quarterback.

Lewis has now scored 12 touchdowns for his career including a 100-yard kickoff return in the 2012 Egg Bowl and an 80-yard catch during his freshman campaign.

Jackson was named the SEC’s Offensive Lineman of the Week for the second time this season for his performance against Kentucky.

The 6-foot-4, 335-pounder from Liberty graded out at 91.5-percent against the Wildcats with five pancake blocks paving the way for 447 yards of offense.

Jackson is second among active FBS players with 46 consecutive starts trailing Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray by a game. He is the first MSU player to win SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week twice in the same season since NFL first round pick Derek Sherrod in 2010.

Johnson got in on the weekly awards as well being tabbed the Tight End of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards.

The junior from Tuscaloosa, Ala., caught a career-high four passes for 70 yards including a 60-yard strike from Dak Prescott for a touchdown in the first quarter against UK.

On the year, Johnson is third on the team with 14 grabs for 191 yards and a score.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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