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Pitt Duo Among New England's Super Bowl Champions

Former Panthers Jabaal Sheard and Dion Lewis Won Super Bowl LI on Sunday


Pitt 30, Syracuse 7 Post Game Notes


Dion Lewis - Photos

Dion Lewis - Photos

2010 Scouting Report: Enters his sophomore year as one of the elite runners in college football...began the 2009 season under the radar, but finished his debut campaign as the most decorated freshman in the country...received unanimous praise as the National Freshman of the Year...blends shiftiness and speed with brute power...can churn out tough yards between the tackles or bounce outside and outrace an entire defense...his running style and high production have sparked comparisons to some of the top backs in school history...Lewis' 1,799 rushing yards as a freshman were second only to the legendary Tony Dorsett's 2,150 yards in 1976, when Dorsett won the Heisman Trophy and led Pitt to the national championship with a 12-0 record...quipped Dorsett after watching Lewis rush for 194 yards against Cincinnati, "He has what I call the `Wow!' effect. When he comes through those big defensive linemen and he's still running, it's like, Wow!"...another iconic Pitt running back, Curtis Martin, observed, "There's no doubt that he has amazing talent. I think that he's the best to come through there since Tony Dorsett. This guy has something special about him."...earned a boatload of awards as a freshman, and more seemingly are on the way...should earn consideration for college football's top honors in 2010...named one of five top preseason candidates for the Heisman Trophy by Sporting News.

2009: Became the first player since Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick in 1999 to earn Big East Offensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors in the same season...unanimous first team All-Big East...Sporting News and National Freshman of the Offensive Freshman of the Year...a second-team All-America pick by AP,, Sporting News,,,, and Phil Steele...unanimous Freshman All-American...finished third nationally in rushing (138.38 yards/game) and first in the Big East...on the year, rushed for 1,799 yards on 325 carries (5.5 avg.)...had 17 rushing touchdowns and 18 TDs overall...became the most productive freshman running back in both Pitt and Big East history...surpassed the legendary Tony Dorsett's 36-year-old Pitt freshman rushing record of 1,686 yards set in 1973...Lewis tied Dorsett's freshman records for 100-yard rushing games (10) and fewest games needed to reach 1,000 yards (eight)...totaled 108 points on the year, eclipsing LeSean McCoy's freshman scoring record (90 points in 2007)...capped his debut season by earning MVP honors at the Meineke Car Care Bowl after leading Pitt to a 19-17 victory over North Carolina...rushed for 159 yards and a TD on 28 carries (5.7 avg.) against the Tar Heels, which boasted the country's No. 9 defense against the run (just 92.8 yards per game) heading into the one of the most Herculean performances by a back in Pitt history, Lewis had a career-high 194 yards on a school-record 47 carries (4.1 avg.) against Cincinnati...also rushed for a career-high three TDs vs. the Bearcats...on Pitt's opening drive, he touched the ball all 12 plays (11 rushes and one catch for 56 total yards) capped by a four-yard touchdown run to give the Panthers a 7-0 lead...his last touch of the game was a tackle-breaking five-yard TD that put Pitt up 44-38 with 1:36 left...named the Big East Offensive Player of the Week for his Rutgers performance...had 180 yards on 31 carries (5.8 avg.) with two TDs, including a 58-yard score, against the Scarlet Knights...rushed for 190 yards on 24 attempts (7.9 avg.) with two scores at Buffalo... Lewis iced the Buffalo win with an 85-yard scoring run in the final quarter, the longest play -- pass or rush -- by a freshman in Pitt history...had 152 yards on 21 carries (7.2 avg.) with a 50-yard TD vs. Notre Dame...had 158 yards on 24 carries (6.6 avg.) vs. Connecticut...had best rushing game by a Pitt freshman in a season-opening contest with 129 yards vs. Youngstown State...scored three total TDs vs. YSU (two rush, one receiving) and was named the Coaching Staff Offensive Player of the Game.

High School: Rated one of the country's top 20 all-purpose backs by Rivals...New Jersey Prep Offensive Player of the Year...Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) Offensive Player of the Year...first team All-New Jersey Prep and All-MAPL... averaged an astounding 14.1 yards per carry his senior season at Blair Academy, rushing for 1,243 yards on 88 carries...eclipsed the 250-yard rushing mark four times as a senior...scored 26 total touchdowns, including 23 rushing, two on punt returns and one receiving... averaged 12.4 yards per carry as a junior, rushing for 979 yards on 79 carries with 14 TDs...led team to a 17-1 record (.944) his final two seasons, including two MAPL championships and a New Jersey Prep state title... PrepStar All-East Region...SuperPrep All-Northeast Team...rated the No. 14 prospect in New Jersey by Rivals and No. 18 by SuperPrep...played under Coach Jim Stone...also a three-year letterman in track.

Personal: Dion John Lewis, born 9/27/90, is the son of Leroy and Linda Lewis...has two brothers and one sister...communication major.

Dion Lewis

Dion  Lewis


Albany, N.Y.

High School:
Blair Academy (NJ)

Height / Weight:
5-8 / 195


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