On-on-One with Shaun Lewis

The Oklahoma State defense has been up and down this season, but after a dominating performance against Iowa State last weekend, optimism is at a season high. But for all the questions this Cowboys' unit has faced this season, there has been one player that hasn't wavered as a productive leader – Shaun Lewis. The junior linebacker leads OSU (4-2, 2-1) in tackles for loss (4.5) and sacks (2.5).

Lewis sat down with Go Pokes to discuss the Cowboys' performance last week and looking forward to playing TCU on Saturday.

What did you learn from the Iowa State game? Lewis: "It just shows us what we can do if we put our mind to it. We just went out there, had fun, stayed aggressive and executed our game plan. The results were seen. We shut them out those last three quarters … I feel like the sky is the limit from here. We just need to keep doing the same thing."

How important were the two forced turnovers? Lewis: "Given all the injuries with our offense, we need to our offense the ball as much as we can. If we can do that, we have a good chance of winning. That's our objective every week to go out and force turnovers and have fun out there."

What do you know about TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin? Lewis: "From what I've heard, he's pretty quick and throws a good deep ball. Like any quarterback, if we get after him pretty good, we can force him to make a couple mistakes that work in our favor."

Does the team focus on knowing that a shot at a Big 12 Championship is still possible? Lewis: "It's been mentioned, but we know it's a week-to-week thing. We can't win next week's game this week. This week is TCU and that's all we can control right now."


Players respond to J.W. Walsh's season ending injury and how he played against Iowa State:

LB Shaun Lewis: "I was a little shocked, but he's a tough guy," Lewis said. "He's one of the hardest working guys I know. For him to fight through that injury the whole game, not even show signs of injury or fatigue, that just shows how good of a competitor he is."

RB Joseph Randle: "You've just got to move on with it. You can't really sit and dwell on it. We've got to start preparing for TCU, getting ready so we can win that game … you've got to give him a lot of props for playing with that injury that pretty much ends his season. He probably played three quarters with it. He's a tough dude. That just shows you what kind of guy he is."

OL Lane Taylor: "I've never seen a situation like this before. It's already crazy enough for a true freshman to start here. But then for another freshman to start, and then go down – it's pretty crazy to happen."

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