Javes Lewis Ready to Hear Those Duck Fans

A player whose name seems to pop up more and more when people are talking about the Oregon defense is Javes Lewis. The hard hitting safety from Tustin, California demonstrates his hard work in practice on a daily basis and likely all that effort is going to produce playing time come this fall.

Javes Lewis, 6-1, 185 came to the Ducks last year way under the radar. After Oregon had recruited one of its better recruiting classes, Coach John Neal ran into Lewis working out at Santa Ana Community College in May of 2007 and remembered the kid with the 4.45 forty speed. Neal had been recruiting Lewis but when the Ducks filled up their class on National Letter of Intent Day, Neal assumed Lewis had gone somewhere else. After talking to Lewis it was clear to Neal that he needed to get the speedster in a Duck uniform. Needless to say Lewis enrolled in school and joined the team in time for the start of the 2007 season.

Fast forward to this season.

What Lewis brings to the defensive backs unit is a hard hitter and a guy who keep looking to make plays. He's made tremendous strides in improving his game and combining what he has learned with his physical abilities he is a player that is going to be heard from either on the defense and, or special teams. How has this happened for Lewis?

"I think things are slowing down for me," said Lewis of his improvement. "I'm trying to get a hold of the defensive concepts that allow me to be in position to make plays and take advantage of my God given abilities."

The red shirt freshman is on the two-deep roster behind junior T.J. Ward and given the number of different faces the Oregon defense likes to present, there's little doubt that Lewis is going to be a contributor. With fall camp now in its third week, is Lewis ready to strap on the equipment and get the season started? You bet he is.

"I'm looking forward to getting out there in front of sixty thousand fans and all cheering for the Ducks," confessed Lewis. "That will be a good thing to see."

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