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Reggie Lewis

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 204 | College: Florida
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Lewis is a versatile athlete who is just starting to come into his own as a cornerback. He began his collegiate career as a wide receiver before shifting to the defensive backfield as a junior. After learning the intricacies of man coverage, he took over left cornerback duties as a senior, helping solidify a secondary that led the Gators to the national championship.

Lewis was a standout offensive player at First Coast High School, where he received All-American recognition in 2001 from Prep Star. That publication ranked him among the top 12 players in the Southeast in its "athlete" category. He was ranked among the nation's top 35 wide receivers by Rivals.com.

Lewis was named the Florida Times-Union's Offensive Player of the Year for North Central Florida in 2000, when he passed for nearly 1,800 yards with 12 touchdowns. He totaled more than 1,750 passing yards and 800 rushing yards as a senior quarterback in 2001, setting school records for most career passing yards, total yards and touchdowns.

Lewis enrolled at Florida in 2002, but spent the season on the scout team as a receiver. He was part of the receiving rotation the following year, participating in 12 games while competing in 77 plays. He caught two passes for 18 yards, recovered a fumble for a 21-yard touchdown, recovered another fumble for a 13-yard return that set up a scoring drive and recorded two solo tackles.

In 2004, Lewis appeared in 12 games as a reserve receiver, but managed only three catches for 9 yards. He also posted two tackles and returned a kickoff 15 yards. He shifted to cornerback in 2005, starting two of 12 games. He picked off one pass, deflected six others and recorded 11 tackles (10 solos).

Lewis nailed down the left cornerback spot in 2006, starting all 14 games. He collected 27 tackles (18 solos) with 1.5 stops for losses and a pressure. He intercepted four passes for 35 yards in returns and batted away six other passes.

In 50 games at Florida, Lewis appeared in 26 on defense, starting 16 times. He finished his career with 42 tackles (32 solos), 1.5 stops for minus-3 yards and one quarterback pressure. He returned a fumble recovery 13 yards and had another fumble recovery for a 21-yard touchdown. Lewis caught five passes 27 yards and returned two kickoffs for 29 yards. He also returned a blocked field goal 52 yards for a touchdown.


Positives: Has an athletic frame with long limbs, good bubble, lean overall muscle development and room to add at least another 10 pounds of bulk with no loss in quickness … Shows very good open-field acceleration and flexibility, coming out of his breaks with no wasted motion … Easily changes directions and has the foot speed to mirror the receiver throughout the route … Shows a quick burst to build to top speed and plays until the whistle … Quick study who has made a smooth adjustment to his new position … Has the functional strength to stalk, grab and drag down ball carriers along the perimeter … Hard worker and aggressive performer who will not hesitate to sacrifice his body to make the play … Has much better ball recognition skills playing in man coverage than in run support … Can generate that second gear needed to catch up when he gets behind the receiver … His balance and body control help him compensate for poor backpedal technique … Has a good feel for coverage assignments working in the zone, but needs to improve his footwork … His range is evident by his ability to quickly recover and get back into the play … Appears to have natural, soft hands and is good at timing his leaps to get to the ball at its high point … Shows good body control adjusting to off-target throws and uses his long arms effectively to reach around the receiver in attempts to deflect the pass … Catches with his hands properly extended away from his frame … Has the speed and angle technique to be a decent gunner on the special teams coverage units.

Negatives: Hard worker, but needs to mature off the field (has had two off-field issues, including one that resulted in a gun infraction and also fought with one of his coaches in high school) … Plays with a chip on his shoulder and could be a distraction in the locker room … Slowly developing into a functional man coverage defender, but lacks that instinctive feel for the ball … Seems lost when asked to locate the ball working through trash (also gets bounced around by blockers working at the line of scrimmage) … Must develop better press technique, as he struggles to plant-and-drive and fails to get his hands into the receiver in attempts to reroute … Has poor backpedal technique, as his feet seem to stop and he will take false steps, but once he recovers, he has the burst to get back on the opponent … Must learn to keep his feet active and not sit on routes so much … Best making plays in front of him, but tries to guess too much and looks hesitant handling the switch-off in the zone … Good wrap-up tackler, but is slow to read and react to running plays and will bite on play-action and pump fakes (eyes the quarterback too much) … Has good force behind his hits, but will bite at the ankles when he gets caught out of position, and the stronger ball carriers easily bounce off his arm tackles (needs to stick his hat more often rather than take a side).

Compares To: KEITH SMITH-Detroit … Lewis has the sudden acceleration to recover when he gets behind the receiver and has outstanding range to close. Like Smith, his feet seem to stop on him at times in man coverage, and he needs to get more physical in attempts to press and reroute the receiver. He has very good leaping ability and natural hands for the interception, but is too hesitant recognizing run plays to be considered anything more than a situational player.

Career Notes

Became the first player in school history to recover a blocked field goal and return it for a touchdown (52 yards vs. Florida State in 2005) … Appeared in 26 of his 50 games on defense.

2006 Season

Started all fourteen games at left cornerback and also competed on the punt and kickoff

return squads … Recorded 27 tackles (18 solos) with 1.5 stops for losses totaling 3 yards and had one quarterback pressure … Deflected six passes and intercepted four others for 35 yards in returns.

2006 Game Analysis

Southern Mississippi … Had a pressure, one solo stop, a pass deflection and picked off a Jeremy Young pass in the third quarter, returning the ball 35 yards to the USM 6-yard line, setting up a 1-yard touchdown run by QB Tim Tebow … Was also penalized for defensive holding on an incomplete pass targeted to Rodney Gray midway through the first quarter.

Central Florida, Alabama and South Carolina … Posted four tackles in each game.

Tennessee … Batted away two passes and was in on a pair of solo tackles.

Georgia … Intercepted a Matthew Stafford third-&-5 sideline pass for no return with 14:19 left in the game.

Western Carolina … Took down J.R. Moore for a 3-yard loss for his only tackle in the game.

Arkansas (SEC Championship) … Had two solo tackles and intercepted a Casey Dick pass with 0:03 left in the first half.

Ohio State (BCS Bowl Championship Game) … Closed out his career by intercepting a Troy Smith third-&-14 pass at the UF 29 with 5:51 left in the first quarter, setting up a scoring drive that tailback DeShawn Wynn capped with a 2-yard plunge that gave Florida a 21-7 lead in an eventual 41-14 victory for the national title … Held receiver Anthony Gonzalez to two catches for 11 yards.

2005 Season

Shifted to cornerback, appearing in twelve games, starting vs. South Carolina and Florida State … Finished the season with eleven tackles (10 solos), as well as one interception and six pass deflections.

2005 Game Analysis

Recovered a blocked field-goal attempt and returned it 52 yards for a touchdown vs. Florida State, marking the first time in school history that a player returned a blocked field goal for a score … Notched the first interception of his career to seal the 49-42, double-overtime victory vs. Vanderbilt, adding two tackles … Broke up a pass and made two hits in the Kentucky clash … Added a pass deflection and one solo tackle vs. Iowa in the Outback Bowl.

2004 Season

Reserve receiver, playing in twelve games, as he competed in 195 plays … Finished with three catches for 9 yards … Returned a kickoff 15 yards and delivered two solo tackles on special teams vs. Florida State … Gained 3 yards on two catches vs. Georgia and had a 6-yard grab in the Louisiana State contest.

2003 Season

Appeared in twelve games, seeing limited action (77 plays) as a reserve receiver, but was also a part of the punt return and kickoff return teams … Returned a kickoff 14 yards (vs. Miami) and caught two passes for 18 yards (9.0 avg) … Recovered a fumble that he advanced 13 yards to set up a touchdown drive vs. Florida A&M … His first career catch, a 9-yarder, set up a field goal vs. Miami … Returned a fumble by tailback DeShawn Wynn for a 21-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter vs. San Jose State.

2002 Season

Redshirted as a freshman, competing on the scout team as a receiver.


No injuries reported.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.49 in the 40-yard dash … 350-pound bench press … Bench presses 225 pounds 16 times … 415-pound squat … 34.5-inch vertical jump … 10'5" broad jump … 3.96 20-yard shuttle … 31 5/8-inch arm length … 9 1/8-inch hands … Right-handed … 11/22 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended First Coast (Jacksonville, Fla.) High School, playing football for head coach Marty Lee … Received All-American recognition in 2001 from Prep Star. That publication ranked him among the top 12 players in the Southeast in its "athlete" category … Ranked among the nation's top 35 wide receivers by Rivals.com … Named the Florida Times-Union's Offensive Player of the Year for North Central Florida in 2000, when he passed for nearly 1,800 yards with 12 touchdowns … Totaled more than 1,750 passing yards and 800 rushing yards as a senior quarterback in 2001, setting school records for most career passing yards, total yards and touchdowns.


Sociology major … Brother, Ronald, was a receiver at Florida State (1986-89) … Son of Betty Jordan and Ronnie Lewis … Born Reginald Lenard Lewis on 5/30/84 in Jacksonville, Florida.


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