Q&A with Shaun Lewis

OSU sophomore linebacker Shaun Lewis is tied for fourth on the team with 12 tackles and he had his first sack of the season in the Cowboys' victory at Tulsa. Lewis had a pivotal interception against A&M last season to set up the game winning field goal. Lewis spoke to Go Pokes about the upcoming game against the Aggies.

You all kind of brought in the Ryan Tannehill era at A&M after Jerrod Johnson turned in a five-turnover outing against you all last season, what have you seen from Tannehill as the Aggies' QB?

"Jerrod Johnson was a good quarterback and we didn't get to see much of Tannehill but we know he's a great quarterback, too. He's a dual-threat quarterback, he has a great arm and he's more than capable of doing everything with his arm that he can with his legs."

You intercepted Johnson's pass in the final seconds to set up Dan Bailey's winning field goal as time expired to beat them last year. Is that a play you still think about?

"That was a great play. I wasn't even supposed to be in the game, that was supposed to be McGee back there catching the pick but it was a wonderful feeling catching that to set the team up. It happened really fast; it was so surreal. It's the kind of thing that only happens in your dreams. I still can't believe to this day how it happened."

From what you've seen of them, do they look like a top 10 team?

"Their team is great at running the ball so we have to set the tone early. They're great at what they do over their scheme wise so we have to come out and execute like they plan on doing. They're very good."

Is this the best offense you all have seen so far?

"By far. They're the best offense we've seen so far. Tulsa was explosive and Arizona was, also, but I think A&M has more of a balanced attack."

Because A&M is so good at the run, where you concerned when you saw how many rushing yards Tulsa had?

"I didn't really get a chance to look at the stat sheet; that really doesn't matter to me. What matters is that we came out with a victory in the end. Of course we want to hold them to fewer yards so we're going to have to do a great job in practice this week against the scout team and just play fast and physical."

This may be the last time OSU and A&M ever play a conference game; what are you going to miss about these two teams playing every year?

"I'm going to miss playing against some of the guys I played with in high school because A&M is so close to home. A&M is a good program and I'm going to miss playing against a quality program like that."

This will be your first time to play at Kyle Field. Have you ever been to a game there?

"I've been to a few and I was recruited by A&M. It's a live atmosphere; this is going to be a tough road game for us. We're just going to have to work hard and prepare to get ready to play there."

On a much sadder note, where you aware of the health concerns coach Spencer's wife had been aving before she passed away tragically on Saturday night?

"I always knew his wife was ill but I had no idea that it was that drastic in nature. Coach Spence, he's a tough guy and you wouldn't know he was going through something like that. He always had a smile on his face and he's a good man of high character. He's always in a great mood and focused on making sure we execute."

When he left on Saturday night, what was your reaction and when did you find out the devastating news?

"It was a blow to all of us. It was hard taking it in but I wanted to do what he wanted us to do. He wouldn't want us sitting around feeling sorry for ourselves; he would want us to go out and play for him and play hard. I just tried to not worry about it as much during the game and do what I had to do."

How do you all plan to band together during the time that he's gone?

"We have good coaches here so we're not too worried about it. We're just praying for his family and we want him to be able to heal emotionally before he comes back."


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