"I think we were expecting to be this good," Lewerke said. "I thought we might even have a better record but things didn't turn out that way. But we still have time to get better. I played last year as a backup and had just 40 total snaps. I worked hard in the off-season trying to impress my coaches and my teammates because I knew I was supposed to be the starting quarterback this year.
"I got a lot better at reading defenses. Last year I was just throwing to wide receivers and hoping they would get open and this year I'm actually seeing what the defense is giving me and making my throws based on that. The coaches have pushed me to get better and I put in the hard work too."
On the recruiting front, Lewerke said that he has been enjoying the process with Arizona State and the scheme similarities between the Sun Devils and the Pioneers have intrigued him.
"I talk to them almost weekly and mainly talk to (offensive coordinator) Mike Norvell," Lewerke said. "I went to their game against Wisconsin and plan to go to another one pretty soon. Coach Norvell has been great to talk to. He is always encouraging me and always giving me advice about my game. He keeps me motivated.
"I like their offense because I run it here, so it's good that they are also a high powered offense. They (ASU) like offense and that's obviously always good for a quarterback. He noticed that I can also run the ball and is definitely a big reason that they like me. Because they play at such a high pace they never let the defense set up. They pass a lot out of the shotgun which is what I do and like it a lot."
Lewerke has also been impressed with the some of the aspects that ASU has to offer around the football program.
"I like how the coaches there care about you as a person," Lewerke noted. "They want you to be a man and prosper in life aside from just being a better football player. I know that they have good academics and they push you in their studies."
The Pinnacle standout admitted that he was surprised when he received a scholarship offer from ASU during their June team camp. This has been his lone offer to date, but he said that Washington (who he is visiting unofficially today) and Northwestern (which he will unofficially visit this season) have been showing interest in recent months.
"It's a tough decision to know where I want to go," Lewerke admitted. "I still have time but I know that in the spring or the summer I will have to make a decision and I do think about that. Right now I'm open to anything and I will make sure that I do have my mind made up at that time (spring/summer).
"I want to go to a school that shows how much they really want you and how much they are willing to invest in you. That's big for me."