MSU NOTEBOOK: Versatility pays off for Bulldogs’ Lewis

Lauren Wood | Buy at photos.djournal.com Mississippi State wide receiver Jameon Lewis has accounted for nine touchdowns in three different ways this season.

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Mississippi State wide receiver Jameon Lewis has accounted for nine touchdowns in three different ways this season.

By Logan Lowery

Daily Journal

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

Lewis has been the definition of versatile for Mississippi State. The junior 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.

“I’m just happy the coaches have gained the trust in me to call plays like that,” Lewis said. “That’s just me being a competitor. I’m just blessed to have the opportunity to do things like that.”

Lining up in multiple positions and taking on multiple roles is nothing new for the former Tylertown High School quarterback.

“I’m just out there playing football like it was in the backyard,” Lewis said. “That’s how we used to do it playing two-hand touch. I’d be the quarterback, then I could also catch and run.”

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

Weekly honors

Senior left guard Gabe 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 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.

He’s 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.

Malcolm Johnson got in on weekly awards as well, tabbed as 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 for a touchdown in the first quarter against Kentucky.

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

Injury report

Coach Dan Mullen said defensive linemen Torrey Dale and Jordan Washington as well as tight end Brandon Hill would be out for Saturday’s game against South Carolina.

Quarterback Tyler Russell and wide receivers Brandon Holloway and Jeremey Chappelle will be limited in practice this week but are expected to be available to make the trip to Columbia.

logan.lowery@journalinc.com