Lewis sets sights on season finale

With his final season in the maroon & gold possibly coming to a close this Thursday against the rival Wildcats, senior defensive back LeQuan Lewis relishes the opportunity to face in-state foe Arizona once more while helping his Sun Devils in any way possible.

The road Lewis has taken to get here has had its share of interesting turns. As a junior college transfer from Cerritos College, Lewis joined the Sun Devils in 2009 with hopes of securing a spot in the defensive secondary as a junior.

However, with an abundance of talent on the defensive side of the ball and playing time at a premium, Lewis converted to wide receiver that year, hoping to see some action on the field. Despite appearing in 10 games, Lewis sought out the position he originally desired in the offseason.

After committing himself to learning his role as cornerback, Lewis has found himself back in the secondary this season. "It was kind of tough to get the hang of it but after being here for a while, I understood it," said Lewis. "I just let it all out. I knew I only had one year left and I just figured I'd play my hardest and leave it all out on the field."

This season, the senior has provided a spark for the Sun Devils as both a cornerback in the secondary's rotation and also as a special teams weapon. His efforts have helped pave the way for a convincing Sun Devils victory over the Washington State Cougars and a near upset of USC in Los Angeles, where he contributed an interception in each game along with numerous special teams plays.

"I feel like I can put my work in wherever I'm needed," Lewis stated. "Whether it's on special teams or at the corner, if I have a job to do, I'm gonna go do it."

Lewis played his final game in Sun Devil Stadium last Friday in front of his friends and family, turning in another gutsy performance to help guide the Sun Devils to victory. Despite just a brief two year career at ASU, Lewis admitted being full of emotions prior to game time.

"Oh man, it was awesome. I was a little emotional, but I think I handled it well for the most part," the senior commented. "Getting that win though was a great thing. I like to go out that way. I kept thanking the offense and the rest of the guys, mostly the younger guys, just thanking them for sending me out the right way."

But before Lewis can finish up his career as a Sun Devil, he is aware that there is some unfinished business he must take care of first. The Sun Devils head south to Tucson on Thursday to face the Wildcats, hoping to earn back bragging rights and return the Territorial Cup to its rightful owner.

Though Arizona has put up impressive numbers offensively this season, and challenged many opposing teams' defenses to the max, Lewis remains confident in his team's ability to rise to the occasion.

"I don't see any kind of challenges," claimed Lewis. "The challenge is them beating us. Not the other way around.

"I mean, Oregon puts up a lot of points. It's not a worry. We're gonna go out there and stop them. We've played a lot of offenses and we've slowed them down. Them scoring a lot doesn't mean anything to us."

If the Devils can manage to steal a victory from the Wildcats this week, there remains a slight chance they may find themselves playing in a postseason bowl game if granted a waiver by the NCAA. Should the once unthinkable happen, it would make for a satisfactory ending for Lewis in Tempe.

"It was our goal from the get go. Us getting a bowl game and winning this game is really crucial," said Lewis. "And if that happens, everything that happened this year, we can just forget about because we got to our goal."


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