56 - Jonathan Lewis Position: Defensive Tackle
Class: Junior
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 289 lbs.
High School: Varina
Hometown: Richmond, Va.
photo         Has the ability to be a force on Tech's defensive line if he puts his mind to it ... A big, strong player who moves well ... Picked up a lot of playing time during his first two seasons ... Played extremely well at times, but also had stretches where he got pushed around ... Still managed to lead the defensive line in tackles both seasons ... Showed signs during 2004 spring practice that he might be ready to step up his game ... Eliminated bad plays and played on a consistent level ... Ran to the ball and made things happen ... Possesses explosiveness and power at the point of attack ... Started all 13 games last season ... Teams up with his older brother, Kevin, to form a formidable front ... Needs to make a good summer preparation and report in top shape when practice opens ... Could go a long way toward shoring up the Hokies' frontline defense this fall if he plays to his potential ...

2003: Played in and started all 13 games ... Tallied 36 solo tackles and 33 assists ... Included in those 69 stops were seven tackles for loss, including four sacks ... Registered six quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, one pass break up and an interception ... Opened the season with a solo tackle, three assists and a pass broken up against UCF ... Recorded four assists on 25 defensive snaps against James Madison ... Played 40 snaps against Texas A&M, recording four solo tackles, five assists and a quarterback hurry ... Played 44 snaps against UConn, registering four solo tackles, one which was for a loss, and an assisted stop ... Recorded his first collegiate interception at Rutgers, coming off a pass tipped by Nathaniel Adibi ... Also tallied three solo tackles, two assists and two passes broken up ... Registered four solo tackles, one which was for a loss, and three assists against Syracuse ... Had two solo tackles, three assists and a forced fumble at West Virginia ... Had six solo tackles, three assists and 2.5 sacks against No. 2 Miami ... Had three solo tackles, two assists and half a sack at Pittsburgh ... Had four assists and a quarterback hurry at Temple ... Had three solo tackles and an assist against Boston College ... Had two solo tackles, including a sack, and two assists, along with two quarterback hurries at Virginia ... Was in on four tackles during the Insight Bowl ... Turned in a 600-pound back squat during spring max tests ... Also had a 341-pound jerk and the best 40 time among the tackles at 4.82 ... Contributed a tackle in the Maroon-White game ...

2002: A true freshman who saw action right away ... Started the last two games of the regular season and the bowl game ... Had 33 solo tackles and 23 assists this season ... Included in those 56 stops were seven tackles for loss and two sacks ... Also had five quarterback hurries ... Was named a fourth-team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News ... Had three solo stops, two assists and a tackle for loss in the opener against Arkansas State ... Recorded two solo stops in the win over LSU ... Had two assists and a quarterback hurry in the win over Marshall ... Recorded a solo tackle and three assists at Texas A&M ... Also had a tackle for loss and two quarterback hurries ... Recorded two solo stops, two assists and a quarterback hurry at Western Michigan ... Recorded a solo tackle and an assist at Boston College ... Tallied two solo stops, along with a tackle for loss, a sack and a quarterback hurry against Rutgers ... Had three solo tackles, two assists and a sack against Temple ... Had three solo tackles and two assists against Pittsburgh ... Two of those tackles were for a loss ... Registered three total tackles at Syracuse ... Had six solo tackles and two assists, including a tackle for loss, against West Virginia ... Got his first collegiate start against Virginia ... Recorded four solo tackles and two assists in the win ... Had two solo tackles and an assist at top-ranked Miami ... Registered two solo tackles and three assists in Tech's win over Air Force in the San Francisco Bowl ... Turned in a 550-pound back squat during spring testing ... Ran a 4.9 forty ... Registered five tackles, including a quarterback sack during one of Tech's spring scrimmages ... Contributed a tackle in the Maroon-White game ...

High School: A prep All-America pick by SuperPrep, PrepStar and Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report ... The only player in Varina history to earn all-Metro, all-region and all-state honors three years in a row ... Ranked the No. 17 defensive line prospect in the nation by SuperPrep ... Rated the nation's No. 3 defensive lineman by Max Emfinger of USA Today and the No. 112 player overall by Tom Lemming ... A member of the PrepStar Dream Team ... Ranked the No. 6 defensive lineman in the nation by PrepStar and the No. 1 DL in the Atlantic Region ... Listed as the No. 26 defensive player in the nation by G&W Recruiting Report and the No. 15 DT by Student Sports ... Listed as the No. 4 player in Virginia by The Roanoke Times ... Played in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... Posted 107 tackles and 10 quarterback sacks as a senior ... Had 15 tackles and a pair of sacks in a game against Armstrong High ... Was in on 12 tackles versus Highland Springs ... Named first-team Group AAA by the AP and the state coaches ... Was the Metro, district and region player of the year as a junior when he had 96 tackles and 11 sacks ... Registered over 300 career tackles and 46 sacks ... Helped Coach Gary Chilcoat's team to a 46-7 record and three regional championships during his varsity career ... Also played center on the basketball team ...

Personal: Jonathan M. Lewis ... Born 7/12/84 in Richmond, VA ... Son of David and Gale Lewis ... His brother, Kevin, is a redshirt-senior defensive tackle on the Tech squad ... Enrolled in residential property management.

2003 Tackles Game-by-Game
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