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April 8, 2013

Lewis prepping for senior year at MSU

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Lewis said he knows that in order to make the leap to the NFL he’ll have to improve on his overall game- and career-high 80 tackles last year. With more experience, comes more responsibility and Lewis is ready for his senior season.

“I already know I need to have the best season of my career,” he said. “I’ve been picked as one of the leaders of the team so I have to step up as a leader. It’s kind of natural for me to be a leader so it’s not really far for me.”

The experience of playing Spartan football has been especially rewarding for Ben Davis’ seventh all-time leading tackler because of the support from others.

“Just being around the people, it’s the main reason I came here in the first place,” Lewis said. “The fans here are crazy. They support the team. They are ride or die fans, they never really give up on you. I just love the environment. They’re really crazy about football up here. It’s like their No. 1 thing.”

Lewis’ favorite memory during his time at Michigan State so far was his sophomore year against rival Michigan.

The Wolverines trailed 21-14 in the fourth quarter and were driving when Lewis picked off quarterback Denard Robinson and took it 39 yards for a touchdown to seal the win for the Spartans.

“You just heard Spartan Stadium just erupt and go crazy,” Lewis said. “In that kind of caliber game, it was crazy for me. I was excited and I’ve always dreamed about an experience like that being the main focal point of the game, making the play to end the game.”

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