Sophomore wide receiver TommyLee Lewis has officially bridged the gap from a predominant special teams player to a legitimate receiving threat.
“He’s really reliable,” said junior quarterback Jordan Lynch. “I think the biggest thing is we’re getting him the ball early, getting him involved in the offense. When things are covered, we usually tag a little screen on run plays and flick it out to Tommy. He can get 10-15 yards on a one-yard pass. With his speed, he usually runs right by guys. He’s not just a special teams player; he’s one of the best athletes on offense.”
Whether rushing, receiving or returning kicks, Lewis is helping the Huskies find themselves in better field position and getting the ball into the end zone.
Lewis did not post a reception last season and was only included in the offense via the run game, eight times total.
This season, Lewis has posted 166 yards with two touchdowns in the receiving game, and is responsible for the longest pass play from scrimmage this season at 69 yards.
Lewis credits his coaches for his transition into the offense. He just enjoys being able to do what he loves: Play football.
“I like it a lot,” Lewis said. “I feel like I’m helping out more and I like it because I get to play more. Coach helped me get more comfortable in the offense so I can just go out and play.”
Lewis does not look much into his individual statistics or personal goals because he is all about trying to help his team in anyway he can.
“No goals,” Lewis said. “Just help the team get back to the MAC championship. Take it one game at a time.”
The mindset of putting the team first becomes more apparent when looking at all-purpose statistics from each game this season. Lewis has led the team twice in all-purpose yards and when not leading has been the second highest total.
Lynch also knows the changes Lewis has had to make, although for his ability they’ve made it as a simple transition as possible.
“In practice it’s tough for a receiver because they have to learn three to four spots,” Lynch said. “We just had him remember a couple spots that fit him best. To play inside on linebackers using spread. Now his time has come, he’s taking advantage of every opportunity.”