September 5, 2012

Lewis loving life at receiver

Even as Jameon Lewis was quarterbacking Tylertown (Miss.) to a Class 3A State Championship as a senior in 2009 he was preparing for a future in the secondary like his father.

Lewis' dad, Roy Walker, was a defensive back at LSU during the mid-90's and he expected to one day join him as an SEC cornerback at Mississippi State.

The former three-star athlete began working in the Bulldogs secondary during his first summer on campus and was not shifted to his current wide receiver position until preseason camp.

"I'm not really surprised because even when they were recruiting me they told me they weren't real sure where I was going to play - defense or offense," Lewis said. "When I came here I was on defense but during camp they ended up moving me. But while I was in high school I was preparing for both of them. They asked me what I wanted to do and I told them I wanted the ball in my hands."

And after a redshirt year in 2010, Lewis started his career with a bang in the opener against Memphis last year. During that debut he hauled in four passes for 113 yards and a touchdown and added a 19-yard rushing score as well.

Lewis went on to appear in all 13 games for MSU finishing the season with seven catches for 143 yards and one score while returning 21 kickoffs for 386 yards. He led the team with a 20.4 yard average per reception and his 80-yard touchdown catch was the longest by an SEC freshman last fall.

His 2012 debut last Saturday resulted in three catches for 32 yards and two rushes for 11 yards out of the wildcat formation.

Lewis has become the Bulldogs primary option out of the wildcat formation but has yet to attempt a pass. But the former prep signal caller who threw for 1,161 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior stated his first collegiate pass attempt could come as early as this weekend.

"I love the wildcat," Lewis said. "You might see me throw it Saturday, you never know. I'm feeling pretty good and got my arm loose so you might see a little bit Saturday."

But do not expect Lewis to forget about his primary position. He is part of an experienced group that features four seniors in Chad Bumphis, Arceto Clark, Chris Smith and Brandon Heavens.

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