Kahlil Lewis, a sophomore from Miami, Florida saw action in 10 of the 12 games last season. Having played last season, Lewis has been able to really learn and understand the game and will play a huge role in the Bearcats' success on offense. Because the Bearcats lost 6 key receivers last season, Lewis now has the opportunity to really showcase his athleticism and talent and also be a leader on the offensive side of the ball. He's one to definitely keep an eye out for, and here's what he had to say in his interview with Bearcat Insider following a recent practice:
Bearcat Insider: What are you doing to prepare for the first game on Thursday?
Lewis: "I am watching a lot of film, working with the quarterbacks after practice, and just going hard everyday."
Bearcat Insider: What kind of goals do you have set for yourself for this upcoming season?
Lewis: "I really don't have any goals, I just plan on going hard and letting the game come to me. I just have to give my all every play and don't miss any opportunities. That is how you'll be successful."
Bearcat Insider: Are there any games you're looking forward to?
Lewis: "All of them. But being from Florida, I have a lot of family that'll be at the University of Central Florida game, so that game will mean a lot to me."
Bearcat Insider: Having played last season with six key receivers, what did you learn and how are you using that to help you this season?
Lewis: "I played behind a lot of older receivers that's in the NFL right now and they always told me not to rush anything and that my time will come. I would always go hard in practice and just learn from them. I was able to get in the game a little bit and did kickoff returns and was able to get the ball in my hand. It just prepared me for this season; to be the starter and to make plays. I really watched how they moved, how they watched film, how they played, and how they practiced."
Bearcat Insider: Talk to me about playing in Nippert Stadium.
Lewis: "In high school I played in the Miami Dolphins stadium, but playing in Nippert it is so much different. It's a lot of energy, it's not as big of a stadium, but I like that the fans are closer. The student section and the fans are great!"