BATON ROUGE, La. – It’s almost fitting Jordan Lewis frequently says the word “just.” In 2018, Lewis needed just six games to record 12 sacks. Two seasons, later, the Jaguars’ pass rusher needed just five games to record 10.5 sacks and 15 tackles for a loss.
Lewis became the first player in the history of the SWAC to win the Buck Buchanan Award, and his historic run started in the first game of the spring football season, where he needed just four quarters to record four sacks.
“Waiting for so long to play, just finally being able to play after so long, it was just was a good feeling,” Lewis said.
The SWAC didn’t play a fall football season in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Lewis showed how much he missed football from the opening snap. After his four-sack performance against Alabama State, the Florida native felt the spring season would be special.
“After that game, I just knew I had a standard throughout the season so I just had to keep myself to that standard and repeat it.”
Lewis’s production carried into the Jaguars’ nationally televised game against Deion Sanders and Jackson State, where got home for three quarterback takedowns.
“It felt good just knowing that it was on national TV so you got more exposure, more people looking, new people looking that never saw you play so why not just go out there and give it all you have?” Lewis added.
After winning the Buck Buchanan Award, the SWAC Defensive Player of the Year, HBCU Defensive Player of the Year and numerous All-American honors, Lewis has embraced the attention, and next season will be just another challenge he looks to overcome.
“It’s really no pressure cause I know how I play the game of football. Every time I get on the field, I just give it all I got,” Lewis said.
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