DeWayne Lewis

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DeWayne Lewis
No. 25
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-10-04) October 4, 1985 (age 28)
Place of birth: Lubbock, Texas
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school: Denver (CO) Thomas Jefferson
College: Michigan State
Undrafted in 2010
Debuted in 2013 for the Wyoming Cavalry
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member
Career highlights and awards
  • 40 Yard Dash 4.26
  • College Top 10 Fastest Players Ranked (2)-(2010)
  • 4× Summit League Conference Champion, 100, 60-meters
  • Top Sixty Fastest Athletes in The World (2010)
  • 2× Athlete Of The Year SUU (2010)
  • USA Men's USA All World Defensive Back (2011)
  • First-team All-World Defensive Back, 2011 IFAF World Championship
  • Best Defensive Back Award, 2011 IFAF World Championship
  • Gold medalist with Team USA, 2011 IFAF World Championship
  • Southern Utah University Athlete of the Year (2009)
  • 2009 East Coast Bowl All-Star Game
  • 2009 NCAA All-American Track & Field 100-meters
  • Colorado State Champion, 100-meters (2001-2003)
  • Colorado State Champion, 4×100-meters (2001-2003)
  • Colorado State Champion, 200-meters (2001-2003)
DeWayne Lewis
Medal record
Men’s American football
Competitor for  United States
World Championship
Gold 2011 Austria Team Competition

DeWayne Lewis (born October 4, 1985) is an American football cornerback and World class Elite sprinter who is currently a NFL free agent.

While attending high school, Lewis won the Colorado state championship in both the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints three consecutive years. He attended Michigan State University for 2 years before transferring to Southern Utah University (SUU). At SUU, Lewis played college football and competed as a sprinter from 2008 to 2009. He advanced to the NCAA Track and Field Championships in 2009, won seven conference NCAA championships twice in the 100-meter sprint, and twice broke the school record in the 60-meter dash.

Lewis signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2010 and with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2012. He was selected by USA Football to play for the 2011 United States national American football team. He helped lead Team USA to the gold medal at the 2011 IFAF World Championship in Austria and was selected as an All-World defensive back and received the award as the Best Defensive Back at the World Championship.

Early years[edit]

Lewis attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver, Colorado, where he led his team to the quarterfinal stage of the 2001 Colorado playoffs and to the semifinals in 2002. Lewis was also the fastest sprinter in the State of Colorado, winning the state championship in both the 100-meters and 200-meters three straight years.[1] In his senior year, Lewis was the state champion in three events. The Denver Post wrote at the time: "The day before his graduation Lewis became the fastest young man in Colorado. Three times over. Lewis, a speed horse, won a breathtaking Triple Crown on Saturday."[2]

College career[edit]

Michigan State[edit]

In college, Lewis continued to compete in both football and track. He competed in track at Michigan State University, running the 60-meter event in 6.87 seconds in February 2006,[3] and winning the event at the 2006 Kangaroo Invitational.[4][5] Lewis also participated in Michigan State's spring football practice in 2005, but did not play in the regular season due to a shoulder injury.[6]

In the fall of 2007, Lewis transferred to Southern Utah University (SUU).[6] Michigan State head football coach John L. Smith said at the time that he liked Lewis's speed and wanted him to return, but Lewis sought a transfer to be closer to his mother. Smith contacted SUU's defensive coordinator Cole Wilson, who recruited Lewis to SUU.[6]

Southern Utah[edit]

At SUU, Lewis competed in both football and track. He played football at SUU for three years (2006-2008), appearing in 32 games, including 28 games as a starter. He finished his college football career with 199 tackles and six interceptions.[1]

In the fall of 2007, Lewis played in 10 games at cornerback, seven as a starter. In 2008, he totaled 51 tackles, four interceptions, and 13 pass break-ups, and was named the Great West Conference Player of the Week after playing Montana State.[1][7] After Lewis's performance against Montana State, SUU defensive coordinator Cole Wilson said: "He's got the right frame of mind. It's Division I football here. You can make it big-time wherever you are."[6]

As a senior, he played in the 2009 East Coast Bowl All-Star Game, an all-star game featuring players from smaller colleges and universities, where he had several pass break ups during the game.[8][9] He also ran a 4.26 40-yard sprint at BYU's pro day.[1][10]

Lewis also competed in track at Southern Utah. He was a seven-time Mid-Continent Conference/The Summit League 100-meter champion while attending SUU. His sprinting career suffered a setback when he dislocated his shoulder at SUU's spring football game in April 2008. Lewis recalled the injury: "It was like a dagger. I felt like it was over for me, both track and football. But I stayed focused and keep the drive and determination and came back."[11] One month after the injury, Lewis qualified for the NCAA West Regional with a time of 10.61 seconds at the Mid-Continent Conference Championships.[11] At the West Regional, Lewis qualified to advance to the NCAA Track and Field Championships with a time of 10.40 seconds.[12][13] Lewis recalled his participation in the NCAA Track and Field Championship: "That was a great experience. It doesn't get any higher than that: To get a chance to face those guys at the top of the collegiate level."[6]

Lewis also twice broke Southern Utah's 60-meter dash record, with times of 6.88 in 2007 and 6.72 in 2008.[14][15][16] He was named the conference's athlete of the week four times.[17][18][19][20] In February 2009, Lewis was named one of the top 50 sprinters in the country.[21] He was also named SUU's Male Athlete of the Year in April 2008.[22]

Professional football[edit]

In April 2009, Lewis signed an NFL contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He came to the attention of the Jaguars after running a sub 4.3 40-yard dash at BYU's pro day in March 2009.[10][23][24] At the time, Lewis said: "This is a great opportunity for me. I'm going to take this blessing and do what I can to make the best of it. The Jaguars love speed and they gave me an opportunity. Now I'm trying to get mentally ready for camp that starts later this week."[10]

In April 2010, Lewis was given a tryout with the Cincinnati Bengals.[25] On May 3, 2010, Lewis was signed by the Bengals. He was the Bengals' special team rookie in the 2010 season. Lewis was placed on injured reserve status after he sustained an ankle injury in the beginning of the 2010 season.

In April 2012, Lewis received a tryout with the Chicago Bears.[26]

2011 IFAF World Championship[edit]

In June 2011, Lewis was selected by USA Football to play for the 2011 United States national American football team at the 2011 IFAF World Championship in Austria.[27][28] With 13 tackles, three tackles for loss, two blocked punts, one interception, and three pass breakups in four games, Lewis helped lead Team USA to the gold medal at the 2011 World Championship. He was selected as a first-team All-World defensive back and received the award as the Best Defensive Back at the 2011 World Championship.[29][30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "DeWayne Lewis". Southern Utah University. 
  2. ^ Woody Paige (May 18, 2003). "TJ's Lewis blazes to three victories". The Denver Post. 
  3. ^ "Men's Track and Field Excels at Meyo Invitational: Individuals continue to set personal bests at fourth indoor meet of season". Michigan State University. February 4, 2006. 
  4. ^ "Men's Track and Field Among Nation's Elite at Iowa State Classic". Michigan State University. February 9, 2006. 
  5. ^ "Four Spartans Place First At Kangaroo Invitational". Michigan State University. January 28, 2006. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Rich Johnson (October 11, 2007). "SUU track star makes contributions on gridiron". The Spectrum (Utah). 
  7. ^ "Lewis Honored". The Salt Lake Tribune. October 8, 2007. 
  8. ^ "SUU's Lewis Selected For East Coast Bowl". Southern Utah University. November 26, 2008. 
  9. ^ "SUU sports briefs". Deseret News. November 27, 2008. 
  10. ^ a b c "SUUOs Miller, Lewis sign NFL contracts". The Spectrum, St. George, Utah. April 29, 2009. 
  11. ^ a b Beau Estes (June 6, 2007). "untitled". The Spectrum, St. George, Utah. 
  12. ^ "Southern Utah sends two to NCAA Track and Field Championship". Salt Lake Tribune. 2007. 
  13. ^ "SUU's Lewis qualifies for NCAA Championships". The Spectrum (Utah). May 27, 2007. 
  14. ^ "Broken records". SUU News. February 1, 2007. 
  15. ^ "Hill, Stoddard, Lewis shatter school records". SUU News. February 18, 2008. 
  16. ^ "DeWayne Lewis Captures 60-meter Dash Title with School Record Time at Snake River Invitational". Southern Utah Athletics. January 19, 2008. 
  17. ^ "Mid-Con Athletes of the Week: DeWayne Lewis, Southern Utah". Mid-Continent Conference. May 9, 2007. 
  18. ^ "Campus notes". Deseret News. August 15, 2007. 
  19. ^ "College Track: SUU sprinter captures league honors". The Salt Lake Tribune. May 13, 2008. 
  20. ^ "DeWayne Lewis Named Summit League Male T&F Athlete of the Week". Southern Utah Athletics. October 29, 2009. 
  21. ^ "T-Birds compete". The Spectrum. February 29, 2008. 
  22. ^ "Thunderbird Awards honor campus celebrities". SUU News. April 23, 2008. 
  23. ^ "Utah Utes football: Packers invite Johnson to attend mini-camp". Deseret News. April 28, 2009. 
  24. ^ "Jags Sign Another Small School CB". Jacksonville Jaguars. April 29, 2009. 
  25. ^ "Bengals Officially Release List of College Free Agent Signings". Cincy Jungle. April 30, 2010. 
  26. ^ "DeWayne Lewis NFL Combine Chicago Bears Workout 2012 (4.3 Speed)". youtube.com. April 11, 2012. 
  27. ^ "DeWayne Lewis of Denver, Colo., selected to 2011 U.S. Men's National Team in football". USA Football. June 14, 2011. 
  28. ^ "TJ alum, Hawkins on Team USA". Denver Post. June 15, 2011. 
  29. ^ "DeWayne Lewis USA Team All World DB". National Football League. April 11, 2012. 
  30. ^ "Eleven U.S. Men's National Team players named to IFAF Senior World Championship All-Tournament Team". USA Football. July 2011. 

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