October 2, 2012

Cameron still on a mission

Mississippi State fans remember Chris Cameron's 10-yard fake field goal carry for a first down against Georgia Tech as a freshman in 2009.

The walk-on holder/ wide receiver played in all 25 games during his first two years on campus but was absent from the Bulldogs roster in 2011 only to return this season.

So where did Cameron go?

"I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints," Cameron said. "I was called to serve in the Washington Everett Mission which stretches from Seattle all the way to the Canadian border. What we did every day from six in the morning 'til nine at night we'd proselyte. It was either helping out the community through service projects or go door to door just trying to spread the word of Jesus Christ to anyone who would listen."

The Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., native was so busy during his mission work in the Pacific Northwest that he was barely able to keep track of his teammates during their 7-6 Music City Bowl season a year ago.

"Being gone on my mission for my church, I'd catch just tidbits," Cameron said. "On Sundays people that knew I'd played would tell me scores and it was very difficult. That's when I realized just how much I loved the game of football and how important it was to me in my life."

During that year away from football, Cameron did his best to stay in shape so he could rejoin the team once he arrived back in Starkville.

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