A year ago, the odds against a CU player from the secondary being named Big 12 defensive player of the week were about the same odds as Gary Barnett taking several radio talk-show hosts to lunch. Not good.
That was largely because the Buffaloes had some very young and inexperienced kids playing defensive back. SS Michael Lewis was the exception. The 6-1", 215-pound Senior was a man among boys and was expected to be one of the Buffs to provide leadership to the defense.
Back in the spring, Lewis said he did not provide the leadership the young Buffs needed and it caused some confusion in the secondary. He took it upon himself in 2001 to make sure that didn't happen again.
Lewis helped provide that much needed leadership Saturday against CSU when he intercepted two passes, one for a 41-yard touchdown, and added six tackles.
His performance earned him the honors of being named the Big 12 defensive player of the week.