a solid foun­da­tion

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

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.

Keith Srakocic AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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.

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