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A team leader who has worked extremely hard to get himself back into position to be a competitor following a series of injuries … Came back from shoulder surgery in spring 2008 to start at tailback that fall … Started the first six games before suffering a torn Achilles tendon … Was unable to participate in off-season workouts or 2009 spring practice … Took a medical redshirt during the fall … Saw his first contact work in 2010 spring practice … Worked extremely hard and picked up his share of reps … Has yet to get back to where he was … 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 … Called “the hardest working player I’ve ever coached” by veteran running backs coach Billy Hite … 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.
2009: Was still sidelined by injuries during the fall … Participated in most of off-season workouts … Returned to action in the spring … Had four carries for 20 yards in the team’s first scrimmage … Scored a touchdown in another scrimmage.
2008: Entered preseason practice as co-No.1 at tailback … Won the job and started against East Carolina … Carried 12 times for 58 yards in the ECU game, scoring a touchdown on a 6-yard run … Caught a 10-yard TD pass and rushed 10 yards for a score against Furman … Finished that game with 50 yards rushing on 13 attempts … Had a key 11-yard touchdown run in the come-from-behind win at UNC … Turned in 17 carries for 50 yards at Nebraska … Started the first six games before suffering a torn Achilles tendon early in the second half of the Western Kentucky game … Missed the rest of the season … Did not participate in off-season or spring workouts.
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 labrum 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 the 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 … A 2009 Tech graduate with a degree in apparel, housing and resource management (residential property management) … Is in the master’s program.