STARKVILLE – The details are a little fuzzy, but Jameon Lewis does remember being clad in purple and gold watching his father, Roy Walker, play cornerback for LSU in the mid-90s.
“My daddy and I were far apart and he played in 1995 and Iwas little and didn’t know too much about it,” Lewis said. “I just knew that he played for LSU and I had all the gear.”
After leading Tylertown High School to a state title at quarterback 14 years later, Lewis followed in his father’s footsteps to the Southeastern Conference when he signed with Mississippi State.
Saturday will mark the third opportunity for Lewis to play against his father’s alma mater, a team he once dreamed of also suiting up for.
“It’s a huge game because growing up I wanted to play for LSU,” Lewis said. “Just being able to compete against LSU at this level is a blessing. I just want to try to take advantage of this opportunity and try not to disappoint anybody.”
The 5-foot-9, 195-pound junior enters the weekend as the Bulldogs leading receiver with a career-high 12 catches for 248 yards and two touchdowns. In his last outing against Troy, Lewis and quarterback Dak Prescott became the first teammates in SEC history to rush, throw and catch a touchdown in the same game.
The bye week gave many Bulldogs a chance to heal some of the bumps and bruises sustained during the first four games. It also allowed three key players an opportunity to return to the field for the SEC home opener.
Sophomore Taveze Calhoun missed the Troy game with an ankle sprain after starting the first three games at cornerback but is expected back this week.
Senior quarterback Tyler Russell and junior linebacker Ferlando Bohanna will both be back after being cleared from concussions.
Russell has not seen action since a blow to the head during the second half in the opener against Oklahoma State. He was cleared for contact two days prior to the Troy game on Sept. 21 but did not see action.
Head coach Dan Mullen stated that Russell was still the Bulldogs starting signal caller despite Prescott’s strong showing in his absence. Mullen has no reservations sending Russell out against LSU despite a 35-day layoff.
“It’s one thing if he’d only played a couple of games but he’s been here for a while,” Mullen said. “He’s played a lot of football and been in some big games.”
Bohanna has yet to play after suffering a concussion in the preseason. He has appeared in 22 career games including two starts making 35 tackles and recovering two fumbles.