56 - Jonathan Lewis Position: Defensive Tackle
Class: Senior
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 296 lbs.
High School: Varina
Hometown: Richmond, Va.
 
photo An honorable mention All-ACC selection as a defensive lineman ... Had a big season on Tech's defensive line ... A big, strong player who moves well ... Finished eighth on the team in tackles and third in sacks ... Has the ability to be a force on Tech's defensive line ... Possesses explosiveness and power at the point of attack ... Has started 29 straight games, the second-longest active streak on the team entering the season ...

A Talk With...
In what way do you want to be remembered when you leave Virginia Tech?
I want to be remembered as a disrupter and playmaker and someone that everyone respected on the field.

What are your expectations for your senior season?
To be better - for our team to have another winning season and for me just to cause havoc and be a disrupter. It has to be Halloween on every play.

What has been your best sports experience at Virginia Tech?
Winning the ACC Championship in the Orange Bowl. It's a tough place to play. The Orange Bowl is a place where we have fought some battles and won some. To go in there and win the title the first year in the league was a great moment.

What player do you see really stepping up and surprising people this year?
I want to see Carlton Powell step up and shock people. He has some big shoes to fill after Jim Davis left. I think he is one of the players who will step up to the challenge.

What is one thing that many people would be surprised to know about you?
I like to freestyle and rap.

How do you get ready for a game?
Basically I just stay calm and relaxed and think about things like my family and close friends around me.

If you were on SportsCenter making a play, who would it be against and how would the play develop?
A game-winning sack. The ball would be on the 5-yard line and he'd drop back to pass and I'd get into the backfield and sack him. It would have to be against Virginia.

If you had to listen to one song on repeat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
"Pain" by Tupac Shakur.

What is the best part of a Virginia Tech home game?
It has to be the fans.

How special was it to get to play with your brother in college?
It was real special. We had good, fond memories together. The memories will never stop for us. Being able to play football together was wonderful. I really enjoyed it.

Who was the toughest tackle in your career?
It would have to be anyone from Boston College. They have a great line.

Other than Lane Stadium, what is your favorite place to go and how does it compare to Lane?
The Orange Bowl. It's usually cold in Blacksburg and it's warm there. Also, there are a lot of celebrities there and a lot of things are going on before and during the game.

Who would play Jonathan Lewis in a movie?
Denzel Washington or Jamie Foxx because they are award winners.

What are you going to miss the most after you leave Virginia Tech?
The camaraderie of the guys. Everyone will give it up for you on every play and do anything for you - on or off the field.
2004: Played in and started all 13 games, recording 18 solo stops and 22 assists ... Included in those 40 tackles were 11.0 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks ... Also had two fumble recoveries, one pass break up and 14 quarterback hurries ... Played 434 snaps on defense and five on special teams in the regular season ... Played 31 snaps against Western Michigan, registering a fumble recovery ... Played his best game against West Virginia, recording seven tackles, including 1.5 for loss ... Had five total tackles at Wake Forest ... Included in those five stops were three tackles for loss, including two sacks ... Had three tackles, including two for loss and a sack, in the win over Maryland ... Had two tackles and a fumble recovery against Virginia ... Broke his finger in that game and was slowed for the Miami game ... Still started, and had two tackles, both for losses, against the Hurricanes ... Also had a sack ... Posted a 340-pound bench, a 600-pound back squat, a 326-pound power clean and a 370-pound push jerk in spring testing ...

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 ... Played 40 snaps against Texas A&M, recording four solo tackles, five assists and a quarterback hurry ... 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 ... Had six solo tackles, three assists and 2.5 sacks against No. 2 Miami ... 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 ...

2002: A true freshman who saw action right away ... Started the last two games of the regular season and the San Francisco Bowl game vs. Air Force ... 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 ... 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 ... Got his first collegiate start against Virginia ... Recorded four solo tackles and two assists in the win ... Turned in a 550-pound back squat during spring testing ... Ran a 4.9 forty ...

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 ... Brother, Kevin, is a former defensive tackle for the Hokies ... Majoring in apparel, housing, resource management.

Tackles G UT AT Tot. Loss Sacks
2002 14 33 23 56 7-23 2-12
2004 13 18 22 40 11-35 5-26
2005 13 15 23 38 7.5-49 4.5-40
Career 40 66 68 134 25.5-107 11.5-78