Lewis takes on leadership role

When he came to Washington from San Jose Sate, Roy Lewis was heralded as a good cover-man who had the abilities to shut down one side of the field. Now on his third position coach in a little over two years, Lewis is finally starting to become the player and leader everyone expected him to be.

"It's nice to finally have a coach around that seems like he will be here for a while," Lewis said regarding new defensive backs coach J.D. Williams. "It's great to have some consistency in the coaching staff and the way they teach us."

Lewis played well in his first year in the Husky lineup, after sitting out the 2004 season due to transfer rules. He posted 47 tackles, four passes defensed and one big interception that he returned for a touchdown against Arizona.

"Roy is very tough and intense," Williams said of his junior corner shortly before practice earlier this week. "We're working on technique stuff right now, but we think he's going to be a really good player for us.

"He's got some leadership abilities. The guy plays hard, he's physical, but he's not very vocal right now. I imagine that can come over time because he's never been put in that role because he's always had Dashon (Goldson) and C.J. (Wallace), but I'm trying to put it on him to be a leader because he's one of our best players."

Lewis acknowledged his new coach's views and said it's something that he's working on.

"People would probably dispute that I'm not vocal, but that isn't really who I am normally," Lewis said with a laugh. "I'm working on that aspect of my game because I'm usually a guy who leads by example more than telling people what to do."

This past Saturday the team got their first protracted scrimmage of the spring and the defense dominated. Lewis said he was happy that the defense played well, but he knows they've got a lot of work ahead of them.

"It was nice to get a feel for things out there a little bit," Lewis said. "We know there is still a lot of work to do to be ready for the season so we're just continuing on in that."

Washington's secondary depth was a concern heading into spring, but the move of Goldson to corner has seemed to be a relatively smooth transition. Lewis says the more the merrier for him.

"Dashon has done well," Lewis said. "All the guys have improved. Matt (Fountiane), Jordan (Murchison), C.J., I mean all of us have really improved. Coach Williams is a big reason for that, but also we are all a year older and more experienced."

No matter who is lining up along side Lewis he knows his role and he's preparing to take the next step.

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