Former Ben Davis High School safety Isaiah Lewis is doing the Giants justice at Michigan State.
The 5-foot-10, 210-pound strong safety started Spartan spring practice for his senior season two weeks ago. As one of the leaders of the ninth-ranked scoring defense (16.3 points per game) in 2012, Lewis believes this year can be just as good.
“We had a top ranked defense last year, so we fed off of that,” he said. “We’ve got more talent coming in and guys are going to keep competing.”
Lewis said he feels like the chemistry of the Michigan State players was instrumental in holding 10 teams below 20 points during last season’s 7-6 record.
“Everybody we have feels close together, we never miss a beat and we’re always on the same page,” he said.
Lewis is a three-year letterwinner that has started 27 consecutive games at strong safety since his sophomore year. He has racked up 169 tackles, 16 passes defended, and six interceptions during his three seasons.
NFLDraftScout.com has Lewis rated as the sixth best strong safety for the 2014 NFL Draft. He was also on the 2012 Jim Thorpe Award preseason watch list for the top defensive back in college football. Around this time next year, Lewis might be preparing to hear his name called in the NFL draft.
“I know I have the talent, but I just have to stay out of trouble,” he said. “I have to stay focused on that and keep my mind on the goals. Going to the NFL is one of my lifelong goals and to lose that over something stupid would be heartbreaking. That would mess up everything I ever wanted.”
Being only a season away to hopefully fulfilling a dream is exhilarating to Lewis.
“It’s really exciting, this is just another step toward it,” he said. “It’s something I’ve always worked for my whole life. It’s something I’ve always wanted to have. It’s crazy to think about how the time went by so fast. It’s crazy to think about how I’m almost a step away from what I’ve always wanted.”