Expect Lewis to play

Jeremy Lewis

Jeremy Lewis was just cleared by the NCAA and was practicing for the Hurricanes today. Coach Randy Shannon expects Lewis to be ready to play this season.

Often times when incoming freshmen miss the entire first week of practice it makes it tough for them to get ready to play to start the season. In the case of defensive tackle Jeremy Lewis, expect him to be ready.

"No, not really," Randy Shannon said when asked if he expects Lewis to fall behind. "D Lineman, they're more physical guys inside and you don't do a lot of thinking. You have a couple of techniques you've got to run. Either you're moving out or you're moving in – you just have to get those things down."

Lewis, who was a three-star recruit out of high school this past recruiting season, is one of three true freshmen expected to push for playing time at that position this fall for the Hurricanes. Shannon talked about a time frame for when to expect Lewis to make an impact.

"For the most part he can come in and in two weeks get himself ready to play," he said. "He's a big body, very athletic kid. We're excited he finally got here. Those are the things you have to deal with. He got a lot of reps this morning – he's back at it. He's in shape, worked out really hard all summer long, doing conditioning. That means he's taking advantage of what he had to get done."

Lewis, 6-foot-3 and over 300 pounds, was the third incoming freshmen to get cleared by the NCAA following the start of fall camp. Safety Joseph Wylie and linebacker Brandon Marti are the two still trying to gain eligibility for the fall.

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