MSU WR Jameon Lewis Photo by: MSU Media Relations
September 2, 2014 1:14:30 PM
Mississippi State senior wide receiver Jameon Lewis returned to campus on Tuesday after spending the previous two days in his native Tylertown following the shooting death of his younger brother early Sunday morning. Tyriunce Lewis was pronounced dead Sunday afternoon after a morning shooting incident at Oakhurst Apartments in Tylertown. The Walthall County Sheriff's Department announced Sunday night that a suspect, Kendall Magee, was in custody and had been arrested.
Jameon Lewis, who had three catches for 25 yards in MSU's season-opening win over Southern Miss, spent Sunday and Monday in Tylertown before returning to Starkville Tuesday morning.
MSU head coach Dan Mullen opened his weekly press conference by touching on the Lewis situation.
"First of all, our prayers as a program go out to Jameon Lewis and his family as they go through this terrible situation," said Mullen. "He came back today, will be at practice this afternoon. It's good for our football family to be able to put our arms around him."
Lewis is a fifth-year senior that enters his final season as the SEC's leading returning receiver. The Tylertown native delivered 64 catches for 923 yards and five TDs as a junior.
"He just got back today, so I want to see how he does at practice," said Mullen of Lewis. "The good thing is that he's a fifth-year senior. He knows the offense, knows the game plan so I'm really not concerned about time lost.
"I'm more concerned about where he is emotionally and about what we can do to help him through this. A lot of times, football can be a great escape from awful situations. Sometimes that field can be a safe place."