ANN ARBOR, Mich. – With two pass break ups against Rutgers, Jourdan Lewis set a new single-season record at Michigan with 19 total on the season.
Lewis, who needed just nine games to do it, passed former All-Big Ten Wolverine greats Marlin Jackson and Leon Hall during Michigan’s 49-16 rout of Rutgers on Saturday.
“It feels pretty good to be up there with some of those legends,” Lewis said. “It just feels good that I’ll be part of that for sometime.”
Adding: “We are always building on greatness. It was a great moment for me. I just want to continue games like this.”
However, the always-modest Lewis says he’s not surprised that teams still test him regularly, despite his on the field success.
“Not really, they have to score points,” Lewis said. “They got to put points on the board. So if trying me is trying to put points on the board, then I have to do my job, because I know they’re going to do their job.”
Jabrill Peppers didn’t see any action at kick returner against Rutgers, instead Lewis says he was told he would be taking back kicks earlier the week to give Peppers some added rest during the game.
“Jabrill was sort of banged up, so we knew he couldn’t play like he did. So they put me back there. They knew I had some history with that. They just wanted to see what I can do,” said Lewis, who finished with two returns for 59 yards.
“It felt really good having the ball back in my hands,” Lewis said. “I made something happen with it. So of course I want more, I kind of greedy with that. We’ll see what happens.”
However, Lewis admits he might not have done enough to win the job back from Peppers.
“I want to say that, but Jabrill is great player,” Lewis said. “But it would be hard to get that back.”