Ath­letic Lewis ready for “jump”

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Brian Howell Cliff Grass­mick, Daily Cam­era

Drew Lewis has yet to make much of an im­pact on the field at Colorado, but the ju­nior line­backer is al­ready be­com­ing some­what of a leg­end with his work­outs and ath­leti­cism.

Last month, run­ning back Phillip Lind­say told a story about Lewis crush­ing a 400me­ter run on an in­clined tread­mill. It’s an ex­er­cise that not many Buffs can com­plete, Lind­say said, but Lewis fin­ished like it was no big deal.

“Drew is one of the most ath­letic men I have ever been around in my life, other than (for­mer CU cor­ner­back Chi­dobe Awuzie),” Lind­say said.

In May, Lewis had a stand­ing broad jump of 130 inches, which would have topped ev­ery line­backer at the NFL com­bine. Out­side line­backer Derek Mc­Cart­ney has mar­veled at Lewis’ strength.

“I love hear­ing that kind of stuff,” Lewis said. “It’s al­ways fun to see that stuff.”

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Lewis, how­ever, isn’t let­ting that go to his head. He re­al­izes all that mat­ters is what he does on the field.

“It’s a lot of hype, it’s good to hear, but when it comes down to it, I still have a lot to prove,” he said.

Lewis is pro­jected to start at “Jack” line­backer, where Ken­neth Olug­bode, now with the Cleve­land Browns, starred for the past three years. Play­ing be­hind sev­eral vet­er­ans last year, Lewis was on the field for just 46 de­fen­sive snaps, record­ing eight tack­les and a sack.

Now, he has a chance to show he can play full time.

“Hav­ing to step up into Ken­neth Olug­bode’s shoes, ev­ery­body is say­ing: ‘He was a big-time player. Are you go­ing to be able to do that?’ ” Lewis said. “I think, ‘Ab­so­lutely.’ I mimic my game af­ter him. I’m go­ing to try to do ex­actly what he did, if not bet­ter than he did.”

Com­ing out of Eastlake High School in Sam­mamish, Wash., Lewis signed with the home­town Wash­ing­ton Huskies, red­shirt­ing in 2014. In 2015, he played at Cof­feyville (Kan.) Com­mu­nity Col­lege be­fore com­ing to CU.

Hav­ing a sec­ond chance to shine in the Pac-12 only adds to his mo­ti­va­tion.

“That whole route I took to get here, I don’t for­get about that kind of stuff,” he said. “It all adds to fu­el­ing my fire.”

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