BY GENE PHELPS
FULTON – Jeffrey Cameron seems to have picked up where he left off last season when it comes to returning kicks for touchdowns.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound freshman wide receiver/kick returner for Itawamba Community College returned a kickoff 86 yards for a score in last week's 20-10 season-opening victory over Southwest.
During his senior season at Tupelo High, he returned three punts for touchdowns.
“You just try to find your block,” Cameron simply stated when asked about his kick-return strategy.
On Cameron's second-quarter scoring scamper against Southwest, he got his key block from running back Mario Crump.
“He opened a hole in the wedge,” Cameron said. “He brought his guy in and I bounced right.
“All I had to beat was the kicker.”
Cameron's touchdown gave ICC a 10-3 lead.
ICC head coach Jeff Terrill said a great kick returner has to be fearless. He's seen that quality in his rookie.
“You also have to have great vision, plus you've got to always have speed,” he said.
Jeff Carter, the Indians' offensive coordinator, said Cameron shows those same characteristics as a wideout.
“You've got to have courage to go across the middle,” Carter said. “Jeffrey showed that at Tupelo. He's got the ability to take a short pass and make the first guy miss. He's got the ability to go a long distance … to the end zone.”
Cameron caught one pass for 12 yards from another freshman, quarterback Tyson Lee, on the Indians' first play of the game.
“I ran a 5-yard hitch,” he said. “Tyson said he was nervous, but as the game went on, he settled down.”
Carter plans for the two rookies to hook up again and again, starting with tonight's game at Copiah-Lincoln.
“Jeffrey likes to have the ball in his hands,” Carter said. “We plan to get him the ball more this week.”