Lewis A New Starter On Offensive Line?

During the open week there were two major developments in personnel. One was the move of cornerback Scott Broughton to wide receiver. Head coach Mike Gundy really pushed Broughton in practice to raise his game. He showed up on special teams and then they took a look at him at wide receiver and again he made plays.

The first reaction may be why move a corner to wide receiver, but part of coaching is finding places where players can get on the field and help the team. That move may take a little more time to have significant impact.

Another move on the depth chart may factor in more this week and the immediate future. Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Andrew Lewis of Joplin, Mo., has primarily been working at center, but during the open week Gundy reported on his weekly radio show that he was showing signs of improvement and they were also looking at him at right guard. Lewis has been getting first-team reps and could see some significant action in the Cowboys Big 12 opener against Kansas State.

"I am pretty pumped because I am getting a lot more reps," said the 6-5, 290-pound Lewis. "They are playing me some at center and some at guard, and whenever the coaches tell me to go in then I'm going to go."

Lewis was the last recruit to join the 2005 signing class and has always been looked at as a future candidate at center. The open week gave the coaching staff a chance to experiment a little with combinations on the offensive line after a poor performance in the base running game in the 34-25 loss at Houston. That group is a pretty tight fraternity, so the question begs has Lewis been welcomed by particularly the players on either side of him, center David Washington and right tackle Corey Hilliard.

"They have been teriffic," said Lewis. "They have helped me out with little things. I know a lot because the center has to know what the guards do, but it never hurts to get a little help from guys that have that much experience. I've played some on goal line and special teams but the chance to play a lot more is pretty exciting."

His previous action in the first three games this season has been a big help.

"I think I've played all right, but I could always get better," said Lewis. "It's a big jump from high school to college, but I'm getting used to the speed. It has helped me with those small number of reps to get ready for an opportunity to play more."

Lewis is still listed as a backup at center and senior Kurt Seifried is still listed as the starting right guard on the depth chart, but Lewis is more than ready if he gets the call. He will also have a pretty good cheering section for the next two games on the road at Kansas State and Kansas.

"Yes, my family lives pretty close by because they moved to Kansas City after I finished high school. They'll all be there for sure."

And when they get there they could be in for a surprise.

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