When I was walking into the stadium three Saturdays ago ahead of the MSU battle with Texas A&M, I saw a tweet from our own Braden Bishop that Jameon Lewis was in "street clothes" and likely out for the game. The majority of those in line around me had no clue that this was coming either, and many of us openly wondered how badly that would hurt the Bulldog passing game.
As it turns out, it didn't hurt at all as Dak Prescott and the MSU offense rolled up 559 yards of total offense in a 48-31 win. State would also turn out to be fine without Jameon against the #2 Auburn Tigers, but after two missed games and an important bye week, the Bulldogs look like they will get back their star triple-threat WR this weekend.
"We expect Jameon Lewis 100% for this game." - @CoachDanMullen
— MSU Football (@HailStateFB) October 20, 2014
I have no clue how serious Jameon's injury was; as I mentioned earlier, I was completely caught off guard that he was hurt in the first place before the A&M game. Injuries these days don't normally stay that quiet. And I never heard if he was close to being able to play against Auburn. He ultimately didn't play, and MSU still got the win, so the extra week of recovery and then the well-timed bye week surely have him back at full capacity.
Gabe Myles has done a fantastic job at filling in for Jameon in the two games he missed, but make no mistake: Jameon coming back is a huge addition to the offense. He gives a deep wide receiving corps even more depth, but he also adds a catch-run-pass threat back to the offense that's been missing since he left.
Mostly due to the emergence of De'Runnya Wilson and others, Jameon has been a bit quieter this season compared to last year (64 catches, 923 yards receiving, 5 TDs, 3 passing TDs, 3 rushing TDs). But even with missing the two games, Tubby is second on the team in receptions this season with 15.
MSU and the Kentucky Wildcats will kick off Saturday at 2:30 CT on CBS.