Hoosiers Add Third Scholarship QB To Roster

Jacksonville's Kellen Lewis, who accounted for nearly 2,600 yards of total offense as a senior at Mandarin H.S., has accepted an offer to play football for IU beginning this fall.

Indiana's quarterback situation was given a boost on Friday with the announcement that a third scholarship signal caller has been added to Coach Terry Hoeppner's 2005 roster.

Kellen Lewis, a 6'3", 185-pounder from Jacksonville, Florida's Mandarin H.S., will enroll at IU in the fall to play quarterback. He joins sophomore Blake Powers and junior Graeme McFarland as scholarship quarterbacks on the Indiana roster.

The need to add a quarterback was obvious after IU lost a pair of redshirt freshmen at the close of spring practice. Mike Vlahogeorge left Indiana and no longer intends to play college football, while Grant Gregory left late last month and intends to transfer to South Florida, where his father, Greg, was recently named as an offensive assistant coach on Coach Jim Leavitt's staff.

In a prepared statement, Hoeppner said it was critical to add a third quarterback with the recent losses.

"One of my adages is to have a plan, work a plan and plan for the unexpected," Hoeppner said. "When we had two quarterbacks decide recently that they did not want to play here, we continued to pursue Kellen. Troy Douglas did a great job staying in touch with him, and the end result is that we're fortunate to have a talented quarterback who is a solid student and a quality young man."

Lewis is an athletic, dual-threat quarterback who also starred for Mandarin's basketball team. After getting off to an 0-4 start to the season, Lewis helped guide Mandarin to a 6-6 record in 2004, including an appearance in the state's regional semifinals.

Lewis, who also played cornerback on his prep team, comes from an athletic family. His father, Kiser, played in the NFL with both the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers after a successful college career at Florida A&M. His mother, Saprina, was an All-America hurdler on the Florida A&M track and field team.

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