a solid foundation
Pitt is fortunate to be able to count on sophomore tailback Dion Lewis. An All-American last season, Lewis ranked third nationally with 138.4 rushing yards a game while scoring 17 touchdowns. The 5-foot-8-inch, 195-pound Lewis was durable, averaging 25 carries a game. Lewis’ 1,799 yards in 2009 were a record for a Pitt freshman. The old mark, 1,686, was set by Tony Dorsett in 1973. Lewis’ 1,799 yards ranked second in school history to the 2,150 Dorsett gained in 1976 while winning the Heisman Trophy. Dorsett is officially credited with 1,948, because bowl games were not included back then, but he gained 202 yards against Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.
Dion Lewis ran for 1,799 yards last season, breaking Tony Dorsett’s Pitt record for rushing yards by a freshman. He averaged 138.4 yards per game on the ground, third nationally.