20 - Kenny Lewis, Jr. Position: Tailback
Class: Junior
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 200 lbs.
High School: George Washington
Hometown: Danville, Va.
photo Hopes to be able to rejoin the Hokies at the beginning of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery in the spring ... Was running No. 1 at tailback when a nagging shoulder injury finally caught up with him midway through spring workouts ... Suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder during a practice, signaling a four-to-six month rehab after surgery ... Served as the No. 2 tailback during the 2007 season ... Saw a lot of action early in the year when starter Branden Ore was battling nagging injuries ... A back with great speed and quickness ... Called "the hardest working player I've ever coached" by veteran running backs coach Billy Hite ... That work ethic might help him return sooner than expected ... Originally signed with Virginia Tech in February 2003, but spent time in the Cincinnati Reds minor league system after being drafted in the fourth round that year ... Decided to give up baseball and entered Tech in January 2006 ... Was called on to contribute when injuries depleted the depth at tailback in the fall of 2006 ... Played a key role in late-season wins against Wake Forest and Virginia ... His dad, Kenny, Sr., is a member of the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame.

2007: Saw only limited action during the first two games ... Rushed for two touchdowns in the Ohio game, scoring from 13 and 44 yards out ... Finished the game with 62 yards on six carries ... Ran eight yards for a TD against William & Mary ... Finished with 43 yards on 10 rushes ... Saw brief action at Clemson ... Caught a 12-yard pass against Duke ... Scored a TD against the Blue Devils on a 5-yard run ... Rushed six times for 13 yards at Georgia Tech ... Picked up 37 yards on 11 carries against FSU ... Hauled in a 5-yard pass and had three carries for 16 yards against Miami ... Contributed a 7-yard run in his only carry against BC in the ACC title game ... Turned in 22 yards on four carries in the Orange Bowl and added a 7-yard reception ... Finished the season with 205 yards and four touchdowns rushing on 57 carries ... Also contributed five pass receptions for 27 yards ... Suffered a torn labum in his left shoulder during spring practice ... Underwent surgery.

2006: Was slated for a redshirt year ... Did not play in the first two games ... Coaches changed their minds after injuries limited the production at the No. 2 tailback spot ... Played 10 snaps against Duke and scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 2-yard run ... Picked up some added reps and game experience by participating in jayvee games against Fork Union and Hargrave ... Gained 161 yards on 31 carries against Hargrave and scored the game-winning TD with just over a minute remaining ... Rushed two times for 19 yards in the Southern Miss game ... Scored on a 14-yard run ... Posted a 17-yard run and 23 total yards rushing during the win over Clemson ... Saw brief action against Kent State ... Shared time at tailback with George Bell at Wake Forest after starter Branden Ore was injured ... Picked up 74 yards on 17 carries ... Turned in a season-best 26-yard run ... Made his first collegiate start in the Virginia game and ran for a personal-best 79 yards ... Ranked second on the team in rushing with 215 yards on 54 carries ... Won the Frank O. Moseley Award as the top offensive hustler during the off-season and spring workouts.

2005: Entered school for second semester ... Turned in the top 40 time among the running backs at 4.37 seconds ... Rushed for 68 yards on 14 carries during the Hokies' first scrimmage of the spring ... Was slowed by a sprained ankle and did not play in the spring game.

High School: Scored 40 career touchdowns at George Washington High School for Coach Everett Woods ... Totaled 2,114 total rushing yards in high school, with 1,040 his senior season ... Set a school record for touchdowns on returns, with four on kick returns and two on punt returns ... First-team all-state, first-team all-district and first-team all-region as a running back and return specialist ... Also named All-Metro ... Offensive Player of the Year and Most Outstanding Player of the Year in the district ... Returned a punt for 100 yards as a junior ... Also played baseball and ran track in high school ... Ran the 55 meters in 6.15 seconds.

Personal: Kenneth Eugene Lewis, Jr. ... Born 10/13/84 in Manhassett, NY ... Son of Kenny and Theresa Lewis ... His dad, Kenny, Sr., played football and ran track at Virginia Tech, and is a member of the Tech Sports Hall of Fame. ... Enrolled in human nutrition, foods and exercise.

Rushing G No. Yds. Avg. TD LG
2006 7 54 215 4.0 2 26
2007 14 57 205 3.6 4 44
Career 21 111 420 3.8 6 44

Receiving G No. Yds. Avg. TD LG
2007 14 5 27 5.4 0 12