ORLANDO, Fla. – Jourdan Lewis isn’t the biggest, or the strongest, or the fastest, but some may argue he’s the best cover corner in college football.
Why? Well, because what he may lack in stature, he certainly makes up for with his technique.
“Technique is your everything,” said Lewis, who stands at 5-foot-10, 175-pounds. “If you have the ability to play corner, if you can jump and stuff like that, that helps too. But your technique will get out of a lot of situations.”
So far his technique has stood above the rest. In fact, through 12 games this season, Lewis has recorded 49 tackles, set a new U-M record with 19 pass break ups to go along with his two interceptions, including one interception return that he returned for touchdown. He was also named All-Big Ten first-team defense (media, coaches) for his play.
So, yeah, his technique is paying off. However, was there a moment when he knew his hard work on his craft had paid off?
“Honestly, it was probably in the camp when weren’t really playing anybody,” Lewis said. “I could feel that I had a feeling for the game, and I know what I am doing and I know how to prepare for games. That’s when I finally got comfortable and I could actually go out there and play and really not have to worry about anything. Just go out there and play.”
And play he did, as Lewis was also named to the AP All-American second-team for his effort, which, of course, he credits to his technique.
“Just working on your feet, honestly,” Lewis said. “Your feet is your everything. Your feet, your eyes and your hands, that’s basically what coach (Mike) Zordich talks to us about. And that’s basically what I’ve ben doing my whole life.
“From Coach Crowell from Cass (Tech), that’s what we’ve been practicing, my feet, my eyes and my hands. It’s just a blessing that I have a coach that preaches the same things that I can go out there and execute like I have on the field.”
Michigan (9-3) plays against Florida (10-3) on Friday at 1 p.m. in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl.