2014 SEC Top 100 Countdown: No. 34 Jameon Lewis, Mississippi St.
SDS talent evaluators Jon Cooper and Brad Crawford spent several months breaking down last year’s highlights, incoming talent and projected 2014 impact following spring practice to compile a list of the SEC’s Top 100 players heading into fall. Athletes were selected by position then ranked overall counting down to No. 1.
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34. Jameon Lewis, Sr., WR, Mississippi St.
The SEC’s most versatile player in 2014 according to Chase Goodbread of NFL.com, Lewis will catch, pass, run and return his way into the end zone this season. This guy does a little bit of everything for the Bulldogs and his total offense numbers should improve since Miss. St. will rely on Lewis’ expertise on the boundary and across the middle to move the chains.
A Paul Hornung Award watch list member, Lewis’ production increased substantially when the Bulldogs increased his workload down the stretch last season. Over his final three games, Lewis caught a team-leading 21 passes for 382 yards with a considerable boost in confidence. Quarterback Dak Prescott locked on to No. 4 often and the progress Lewis made from his sophomore to junior campaign was quite remarkable, perhaps the biggest leap in terms of ability of any SEC pass-catcher.
No longer an underrated unknown, Lewis is one of four SEC wideouts on the Biletnikoff watch list and has enough talent to be a finalist at the end of his senior season. His play is paramount for the Bulldogs if they plan on competing in an ultra-competitive SEC West. Based on previously named receivers in our Top 100, we’ve got Lewis as a Top 5 talent at his position.
2013 statistics: 64 receptions, 923 yards, 5 TD
2014 projection: 70 receptions, 1,008 yards, 9 TD