Trey Lewis

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Trey Lewis
Free Agent
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-05-23) May 23, 1985 (age 28)
Place of birth: Topeka, Kansas
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 323 lb (147 kg)
Career information
College: Washburn
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 6 / Pick: 185
Debuted in 2007 for the Atlanta Falcons
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Honorable Mention All-Class 6A (2003)
  • 3x All-MIAA (2004–2006)
  • MIAA Defensive MVP (2006)
  • Consensus All-American (2006)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2010
Tackles 31
Interceptions 1
Sacks 0.0
Stats at NFL.com

Trey Lewis (born May 23, 1985) is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Washburn University.

After being drafted as the 185 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, Lewis moved his way up the depth chart to become a starter in week 4 (September 30, 2007).[1] He played until Week 11, when he tore his Anterior Cruciate Ligament and was later placed on the Falcons' injured reserve list.[2] Since then, he has recovered, but then retore his ACL in March when he fell down the stairs.[3] He spent the 2008 season on Injured Reserve after not recovering from knee surgery.[4]

Personal[edit]

Lewis is the son of Verna Chapman and Wynn Lewis, and has one brother.[4] He was born in Topeka, Kansas.[4] He attended Washburn Rural High School in Topeka, Kansas, where he played football.[4] He was an honorable mention all-Class 6A, second-team all-City and all-Centennial League and was named the team's defensive MVP.[4] In 2003, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts.[4]

College career[edit]

In 2003, as a freshman, Lewis played in all 11 games recording 18 tackles including six solo stops and two tackles for loss with 1 sack.[4]

He was named second team all-MIAA after collecting 31 tackles including three for loss with a forced fumble, fumble recovery, a sack, and blocked punt in 2004.[4]

Lewis was selected as a first team all-MIAA pick after recording 45 tackles including eight for loss with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, had 4 sacks, 8 tackles for loss in 2005.[4] In a game against Northwest Missouri, he had 3 sacks for -27 yards en route to MIAA Player of the Week honors.[4] Lewis was a third team all-Football Gazette selection that same year.[4]

In 2006, Lewis' final year as an Ichabod, he became the first Ichabod to be named to the Associated Press Little All-American team since 1963.[4] He was also named to the American Football Coaches Association All-American (AFCAAA) team – becoming the first Ichabod player and only the second Ichabod overall to be named to the coaches team since 1988.[4] Lewis recorded 62 tackles as a senior season with 36 solo stops while he recorded 10 tackles for loss and four sacks for 25 yards.[4] He also had a forced fumble with two pass break ups and a blocked field goal attempt.[4] Lewis gained MIAA's Most Valuable Defensive Player honors in that same week.[4] He was named a Daktronics first team All-Southwest Region pick and a unanimous first team All-MIAA selection.[4] Lewis also played in the first Texas vs. The Nation Game on Feb. 2, 2007.[4] He became only the sixth player in school history to be invited to a college all-star game.[5] He was named first team All-American by the Football Gazette and second team All-American by D2football.com. Lewis finished his career at Washburn with 156 total tackles, including 68 solo stops, 23 tackles for loss and 10 sacks.

On NFLDraftScout.com, he was rated number 25 out of 148 defensive tackles, and 348 out of 2353 overall players going into the NFL draft.[6] Results from a University combine test had Trey showing a 5.14 in the 40-yard dash, Bench-pressing 225 pounds 21 times, having a 582-pound squat, a 417-pound hang clean, a 30½-inch vertical jump, and a 9-foot broad jump.[5]

According to Lewis, the teams that scouted him the most were the Chicago Bears, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Falcons, and the New York Giants.[7]

Lewis graduated with a computer information sciences degree.[7]

Stats[edit]

Year Games Tackles Sacks Force Fum.
2003[8] 11 18 1 0
2004[9] 12 31 1 1
2005[10] 12 45 4 1
2006[11] 11 62 4 1
Total 46 156 10 3

Professional career[edit]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

2007[edit]

Lewis was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 6th round, being the 185 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.[4] He is the fourth Washburn University player ever to be drafted to an NFL team, joining offensive tackle Ed Schneider, who was picked in the 17th round and the 169th overall pick by the New York Giants in 1944 and outside linebacker Troy Stedman, who was picked 170th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in the seventh round of the 1988 NFL Draft.[12][13]

He's shown a lot of good things, Coming in as a rookie, he's accepting his responsibility now. With us releasing Grady (Jackson), there's going to be a big weight on his shoulders and I think he's going to take it in stride.

Michael Boley[1]

Lewis made his first start of the season against the Texans on September 30, 2007.[1] Teammate Michael Boley said of Lewis starting "He's shown a lot of good things, Coming in as a rookie, he's accepting his responsibility now. With us releasing Grady, there's going to be a big weight on his shoulders and I think he's going to take it in stride." He was then listed as the Starting Defensive Tackle in week 10 after the Falcons cut veteran Grady Jackson. During training camp, his number was listed as #67, because in college, he was #76, but that number was already taken. Then his number was changed to #97 before the season began because an older falcons player had the same number as him. He finished the 2007 NFL season with 23 tackles and one interception. Because of his size, Lewis played both Defensive Tackle and Nose Tackle during the season.[1] According To Lewis, the most hard adjustment from NCAA Division II to the NFL was working on his Technique.[14] Around this time, Lewis lost 20 pounds and slimmed down to 294 pounds.[4]

In November 2007, during a week 11 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Trey Lewis went down with a torn right ACL and was later placed on the Falcons' injured reserve list.[2][4] He had his knee operated on to fix the torn ligament. On March 4, 2008, Lewis fell down a set of stairs and re-injured his right knee. Falcons coach Mike Smith said "It's tough for us, but it is also disappointing for Trey because he was making tremendous progress in his rehabilitation,". His Agent, Richard Katz, told reporters "He's having some surgery this week. Basically, he's lost the three months that he's been rehabbing"'. The accident was described as a "freak accident" due to the nature of the injury. Trey Lewis was inactive during mini-camp.[15] The situation had caused the Falcons' Management to consider drafting Glenn Dorsey of LSU with the 3rd pick of the first round in the NFL draft.[16] The Falcons instead drafted Matt Ryan of Boston College while the Kansas City Chiefs picked Dorsey with the 5th pick.[17]

2008[edit]

On July 26, 2008, after not fully recovering from his torn ACL, Lewis was placed on the non-football injury list, where he remained for the rest of the season.[4][18]

2009[edit]

The Atlanta Falcons website reported in an article that Lewis was "ready to put his knee injury behind him".[19] The article interviews Lewis about his knee injury and his future.[19] When asked about what he initially thought of the knee injury, he replied "I just thought I tweaked it, When you have your surgery the knee feels different every day. I just thought something was weird. I didn't know until a couple days later when I got a call with the results of the MRI. You just have to pick up the pieces and start over again."[19] Since his injury, Lewis has been cleared to participate in organized team activities, including on-field work, but he wants to make sure he remains healthy for the rigors of the preseason.[19] He was quotes as saying "As of right now I want to get through this offseason program and make sure everything is good," he said. "I want to get confident with my knees right now so, when training camp starts, I'm full throttle and there's no holding back whatsoever."[19] When asked about off-season conditioning, Lewis replied: "I think I'm a lot stronger, especially in my upper body. My lower body feels stronger than it was prior to the injury. I'm excited to see what I can do now with a year of NFL lifting and training without banging on (the knee)."[19] He competed for the starting job in the 2009 NFL Season.[19]

Lewis was inactive for the first 2 weeks, but after DT Peria Jerry was placed on Injured Reserve, Lewis was bumped up a spot on the depth chart.[20] On September 28, 2009, against the New England Patriots, Lewis played in his first regular season NFL game since November 2007.[20] He amassed 6 tackles.

2010[edit]

Lewis started in the opening game of the 2010 season against the Pittsburgh Steelers and had two tackles, but was inactive for the remainder of the season.[21]

2011[edit]

Lewis was released by the Falcons during final cuts on September 2, 2011.

Impact[edit]

Cary Williams, a Washburn defensive back who was drafted in the 7th round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans, was scouted heavily by scouts coming into the NFL draft. Williams stated that if it hadn't been for Trey Lewis being scouted and drafted, he would not have had a chance at even being scouted. "Trey really opened the door for Washburn (University)," Williams said in an interview with KTKA-49 News in Topeka. KS.[22]

Stats[edit]

YEAR[23] TACKLES[23] SOLO[23] AST[23] SACK[23] FF[23] INT[23] INT YDS[23]
2007 19 17 2 0 0 1 4
2008 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009 10 8 2 0 0 0 0
2010 2 0 2 0 0 0 0
Total 31 25 6 0 0 1 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Moore, J. Micheal. "Lewis Ready for first NFL Start". Atlanta Falcons. Archived from the original on 2007-11-03. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  2. ^ a b AtlantaFalcons.com. "Coleman, Lewis Places on Injured reserve". Atlanta Falcons. Archived from the original on 2008-03-14. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  3. ^ Moore, J. Michael. "Energy key at Falcons first mini camp practice". Atlanta Falcons. Archived from the original on 2008-04-20. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "Trey Lewis Falcons Bio". Atlanta Falcons. Archived from the original on 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  5. ^ a b "Trey Lewis Bio". Atlanta Falcons. Retrieved 2008-04-28. [dead link]
  6. ^ "NFL Draft Scout Bio of Trey Lewis". NFL Draft Scout. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  7. ^ a b "Washburn DT Trey Lewis Drafted". KTKA-49 News. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  8. ^ 2003 Stats
  9. ^ 2004 Stats
  10. ^ 2005 Stats
  11. ^ 2006 Stats
  12. ^ "Washburn DT Trey Lewis drafted". 2007-04-29. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  13. ^ Another Washburn Player is on this list but is not listed because he was not signed by the team that drafted him and never played in the NFL.
  14. ^ Moore. J. Micheal (2007-06-05). "DT Lewis climbs the ladder to the NFL". Atlanta Falcons. Retrieved 2008-04-26. [dead link]
  15. ^ Moore, J. Michael. "Energy key at Falcons first mini camp practice". Atlanta Falcons. Archived from the original on 2008-04-20. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  16. ^ Ledbetter, D. Orlando (2008-03-04). "Falcons DT re-injures knee in freak accident". Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  17. ^ "NFL Draft Round 1". National Football League. 2008-04-26. Archived from the original on 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  18. ^ "Falcons make roster moves, get to 75-man limit" (video). Atlanta Falcons.com. 2008-08-26. Retrieved 2008-04-06. [dead link]
  19. ^ a b c d e f g Moore, Michael, J. (2009-03-25). "Lewis ready to put knee injury behind him". Atlantafalcons.com. Retrieved 2009-03-29. [dead link]
  20. ^ a b Manasso, John (2009-09-28). "Smith: Falcons lost some focus in New England". Atlanta Falcons.com. Retrieved 2009-09-28. [dead link]
  21. ^ "Falcons extend DT Trey Lewis, sign TE Robbie Agnone". Archived from the original on 2011-08-29. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  22. ^ "Local players anxious for Saturday's draft" (video). KTKA 49 News, Topeka. 2008-04-24. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  23. ^ a b c d e f g h "Trey Lewis, DT for the Atlanta Falcons at NFL.com". Archived from the original on 2011-08-29. Retrieved 2011-08-29. 

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