By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
STARKVILLE – Jameon Lewis got off to a streaking start as a freshman last season for Mississippi State.
And that was about it.
This season, the sophomore from Tylertown has another chance. There were no 80-yard touchdown receptions Saturday like the one he had in the opener against Memphis last season, but Lewis made his share of plays in the Bulldogs’ 56-9 season-opening win against Jackson State.
He converted four first downs, with three of those plays – two catches and a run – in third-down situations .
MSU coach Dan Mullen said the key to his consistency is continued improvement.
“I think he had a real good training camp and I thought he played pretty well tonight,” Mullen said. “A nice part of our receivers is we have some depth. We can roll those guys through. A lot of different guys are touching the ball.”
Lewis tied for a game-high three catches for 32 yards, had a pair of wildcat rushes for 11 yards and had 19 yards on his only kick return. Eight players caught passes for the Bulldogs.
Against Memphis last season, Lewis caught four passes for 113 yards. He also ran for a touchdown and had 29 yards on a pair of carries.
He added only 30 more receiving yards and 57 rushing yards and didn’t score the rest of the way despite playing in all 13 games. He did lead the team with 386 yards on 21 kick returns.
“Jameon is a guy who can makes plays when he gets the ball,” quarterback Tyler Russell said. “He’s going to improve and keep improving. I think he’s going to be a big time playmaker for us.”
Lewis was a state champion quarterback at Tylertown, so he knows something about that position as well. Russell is in his fourth year in the program and knows what experience in the system will do.
The junior was 15 for 23 for 175 yards and a pair of touchdowns Saturday.
“Another year in this offense helps you out tremendously. You start to understand what the coaches expect from you,” Russell said. “Jameon knows what I’m thinking and he’ll break his route off. He’s just going to keep improving.”