X-Factor Mississippi State: Jameon Lewis can do it all for the Bulldogs
In preparation for the 2014 college football season, Saturday Down South takes a look at the X factor for every SEC team. Not only do these players have the opportunity to make major contributions for their respective squads, but they could also be the difference in a successful season or a losing season.
Today, we’re discussing the X factor for the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
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- TEXAS A&M
WR Jameon Lewis
If you look at Jameon Lewis’ numbers, you’re probably asking yourself “What can’t this guy do?” In 2013, Lewis accounted for 14 touchdowns – six receiving, four rushing, one kick return and three passing. Keep in mind this guy is a wide receiver.
Expectations are high this season for the Bulldogs after the emergence of junior quarterback Dak Prescott last season. He is even considered a dark horse for the Heisman Trophy this season. For Prescott to lead this team to an improved 2014, it’ll be crucial for him to develop a rapport with his running backs and receivers.
And that’s where Lewis comes in.
It’s safe to say that Lewis enjoyed a breakout season in 2013. He flew somewhat under-the-radar, but this season will be different as the senior wide receiver will have the pressure of repeating last year’s performance placed on his shoulders. He’ll be expected to not only lead the wide receivers, but also stay impactful in the special teams area as the team’s primary returner.
The question for Lewis will be if he can stay consistent throughout the year. Prior to his junior year, Lewis’ never eclipsed 150 yards receiving in a season. And while last year’s numbers were spectacular, he had a five-game stretch where he racked up only a total of 182 receiving yards on 24 receptions. Can Mississippi State fans trust he’ll be as dynamic now that he’ll be a priority for opposing defenses?
However, there really is no other option for Lewis. If the Bulldogs want to reach eight or even nine wins this season, Lewis must duplicate last season’s success, especially as a receiver. He comes into this season as one of four SEC wide receivers on the Biletnikoff Award watch list and as the conference’s returning leading receiver with 923 yards.
As important as Prescott’s arm is to Mississippi State, Lewis’ versatility is arguably equally as crucial for the Bulldogs and it’s why he’s the X-factor for Dan Mullen and Mississippi State in 2014.