Travis Lewis

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Travis Lewis
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Travis Lewis at the 2012 Detroit Lions Training Camp
Free agent
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-01-15) January 15, 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth: San Antonio, Texas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school: San Antonio (TX) Lee
College: Oklahoma
NFL draft: 2012 / Round: 7 / Pick: 223
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
College
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2015
Total tackles: 32
Sacks: 1.0
Forced fumbles: 0
Player stats at NFL.com

Travis Lewis (born January 15, 1988) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Oklahoma, and was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the seventh round, 223rd overall of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

A native of San Antonio, Texas, Lewis attended Robert E. Lee High School, where he played football as a linebacker and running back for coach Jimmy Ramos. After switching to tailback as a senior, Lewis rushed for 1,436 yards on 222 carries (6.4 ypc) with nine touchdowns, and also caught 10 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown; for his senior season efforts, Lewis was named all-area and all-metro and was also selected to play at the 2007 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Following his senior season, he attended the Army combine and Nike camp, where he ran an electronically timed 4.34 in the 40-yard dash, completed the 20-yard shuttle in 4.25 seconds, had 23 reps in the 225-pound bench press and leaped 34'4" (0.87m) in the vertical jump.[1] In addition to football, Lewis also competed in track & field in high school as a shot putter (personal-best of 53'10" or 16.43m). He also benched 335-pounds (152 kg) and squatted 515-pounds (233 kg) in his senior year.

Described as a raw linebacker with great speed and tremendous potential, Lewis received offers from every major program in the entire Big 12, and committed to Nebraska as a junior. However, in the final days and hours before National Letter of Intent Signing Day, Lewis decommitted from Nebraska, and ultimately signed with Oklahoma on February 7, 2007. Rivals.com graded Lewis out as a 4-star (5.8) outside linebacker prospect, ranked 20th at his position, while Scout.com also gave Lewis 4 stars, and rated him the 10th-best middle linebacker. Lewis also had scholarship offers from Missouri, Oklahoma State, and Arizona State, among others.

College career[edit]

Lewis broke a couple of Oklahoma freshman records, once established by Brian Bosworth. He eclipsed the mark for most freshman season tackles (144) and most tackles by a freshman in a game (19) against Texas.

Six games into the 2010 season, Lewis led the Sooners with 59 tackles, also registered one interception. He was named a semifinalist for Butkus Award, given annually to the top linebacker in college football.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 in 246 lb 32 34 in 10 1/8 in 4.75 s 1.65 s 2.78 s 4.22 s 7.27 s 36 in 10 ft 2 in 26 reps
All values from NFL Combine except 40 time, short shuttle, 3-cone drill and bench from Pro Day[3]

Detroit Lions[edit]

After his career at Oklahoma, Lewis was selected with the 223rd overall pick in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. Lewis finished his tenure with the Lions with 32 total tackles, 26 of them solo and a sack.

2012 season[edit]

Lewis saw time in his rookie season as a special teamer, contributed primarily on special teams in 13 of the Lions' 16 games. He finished with three special teams tackles on the year, and also saw limited time at linebacker and recorded one solo tackle. After being inactive for three weeks, he returned to action in Week 6 at Philadelphia on special teams. He was credited with two special teams tackles in Week 11 against division rival Green Bay Packers.

2013 season[edit]

Lewis saw action exclusively on special teams in 2013, finishing the season with six special teams tackles. On December 3, 2013, Lewis was suspended for four games by the NFL for violating the league's performance-enhancing substance policy, and therefore was placed on Reserve/Suspended list.[4]

2014 season[edit]

Battling through injuries in his third season in Detroit, Lewis served as a core member of the Lions' Special Teams Unit. He had one special teams tackle in Week 2 in the game at Carolina. The following week, he was inactive in Week 3 through Week 7 before being placed on Reserve/Injured list on October 18 with a quad injury.

2015 season[edit]

In 2015, Lewis started 4 games at outside linebacker for the Lions before losing his job to Tahir Whitehead, contributing with a career-high 21 tackles and a sack. He was also among the team's best coverage specialists, playing nearly 72% of the Lions' special teams plays.

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Lewis signed with the Minnesota Vikings on March 9, 2016[5] and waived on June 16, 2016.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

College[edit]

Regular season statistics Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Season Team GP GS Comb Total Ast Sck Tfl PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR FR YDS
2008 Oklahoma 12 4 144 70 74 3.5 12.0 3 4 108 27.0 47 0 1 0 0
2009 Oklahoma 12 7 109 56 53 1.0 9.5 2 1 5 5.0 5 0 1 0 0
2010 Oklahoma 14 14 109 63 46 1.5 5.5 5 3 43 14.0 30 0 0 2 0
2011 Oklahoma 13 13 84 54 30 1.0 4.0 2 1 22 22.0 22 0 2 0 0
Totals 54 54 446 243 203 7.0 31.0 12 9 178 19.8 47 0 4 2 0

NFL[edit]

Regular season statistics Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Season Team GP GS Comb Total Ast Sck Sfty PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR FR YDS
2012 Detroit Lions 13 0 3 2 1 0.0 -- 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 Detroit Lions 12 0 6 4 2 0.0 -- 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 Detroit Lions 2 0 2 2 0 0.0 -- 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 Detroit Lions 15 4 21 18 3 1.0 -- 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 42 4 32 26 6 1.0 -- 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0

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