Walking on

There could have been a need for another scholarship linebacker in the 2009 class, but Nebraska had already received a boost from a very good linebacker in Devin Paulson deciding to walk-on. Nebraska added another player to the walk-on class that will add even more depth to the linebacker position.

Lincoln (Nebr.) North Star standout, Tyrone Lewis, a 6-foot-2 and 195-pound athlete with 4.6/40 speed has made a decision about his college future.

"I am walking on at Nebraska," Lewis said. "I played linebacker and running back at North Star this past season. Nebraska is recruiting me as an athlete."

"They were thinking mostly defense, like most of the coaches were who were recruiting me. Offense is open if they need me on that side too."

While Lewis was a standout on offense and defense at North Star, he does have a preference to which side he will play in college.

"I would like to play defense though. They were saying outside linebacker and possibly even safety. Safety would depend on my speed and size."

Lewis had a solid senior year and would have probably had a bit better offensive stats had he not split carries with another running back.

"I rushed for about 1,200 yards. I think that would have been better, but I had to split my carries with another running back and he had 1,000 yards.

"On defense, I am not sure how many sacks I had, but I had 57 unassisted tackles, 40 assisted tackles, two interceptions and I returned both for touchdowns."

Lewis picked up about every honor you could. All of them were on defense with the exception of one which gets right down to the value of him as a player to collegiate team.

"I was all-city, all-conference, all-district, all-state first team and super state first team. All of them were as a linebacker, but super state was an athlete."

Don't let the 4.6/40 tag fool you. Lewis says that he can't recall when he was actually outrun on the football field.

"On defense, I feel like I have good speed. My 40-time doesn't sell it, but I don't think that anyone has ever outrun me on the football field before. I also like to hit.

"I feel like I have a nose for the ball playing on defense and that I know what's going to happen before it happens. I also have the ability to make big plays."

The Huskers picked up Lewis just a couple of days before letter of intent signing day. Like so many other walk-ons, Lewis had opportunities for financial assistance to play at other schools.

"I made the decision to walk-on a couple of days before signing day. I think that I called them on the Sunday night before and told them that I wanted to walk-on.

"I had opportunities at University of Nebraska-Kearney, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Northwest Missouri State and Minnesota State. I had offers from all of the other schools."

While the money was there to play ball at some other schools the opportunity just wasn't the same as it was at Nebraska.

"I figured I can only go to Nebraska one time. Those other schools are division two and I have never dreamt of going DII. I always wanted to go DI.

"I live in Lincoln and if you know what that is like, that pretty much explains itself. I have always been a Husker fan since I was a little kid. I always wanted to play for them. I always wanted to be a Blackshirt."

Lewis took unofficial visits to Nebraska for the Kansas and Colorado games.


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