2014 Player Analysis: Malcolm Lewis

Malcolm Lewis has just 15 catches through his first two seasons as a Hurricane but he emerged as a co-starter in the spring. A lot of people around UM have high hopes for him this fall.

As a recruit: Malcolm Lewis was recruited like a three-star prospect from Miramar High a couple years ago. He took an official visit to West Virginia in October before making a commitment to the Hurricanes in November. He also took an official visit to UCLA but decided to stick with his pledge to the Canes. He finished his senior season with 48 catches for 718 yards and 10 touchdowns.

As a Hurricane: It didn't take long for Lewis to jump into the rotation for the Hurricanes as a true freshman in 2012. He caught four passes for 42 yards and a score in the season opener against Boston College. He played in four games, catching eight passes for 73 yards, before suffering a season-ending ankle injury against Georgia Tech. He returned in 2013 and played in 11 games, starting two of them. He finished the season with seven catches for 71 yards and no touchdowns. Lewis had a solid spring, where he finished as being a co-starter with Phillip Dorsett opposite Stacy Coley.

What to expect: Despite playing in 15 games over his first two seasons and starting four of them, Lewis has not made much of an impact as a Hurricane. He's only caught 15 passes, and has averaged less than 10 yards per catch. He doesn't seem to have the speed and explosiveness to become a downfield threat or to make a whole lot happen after the catch. He does know the game well, runs good routes, and catches everything in sight. Coley is fully expected to be the team's leading receiver and most expect Dorsett to be the number two. That means Lewis will likely be competing with guys like Herb Waters and Rashawn Scott to be the number three. He doesn't have Scott's size or the speed of Waters so it wouldn't be a bit surprising if Lewis ends up competing with one of the incoming freshmen to become the team's fifth receiver this fall.


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