The Freshman Fifteen - Jeff Lewis

One of the best athletes in Southeast Wisconsin, running back Jeff Lewis is poised to be one of the next reliable running backs at the University of Wisconsin. Badger Nation gets to know Lewis a little better in its new series.

MADISON - All the buzz surrounding the Wisconsin running game this season has been about the emergence of James White, a small, shifty running back that can turn any play into big yards. What is lost is the fact that Wisconsin has another quick strider waiting in the wings.

Weighing in at just 6-foot-2 and 214 pounds, Jeff Lewis averaged 6.6 yards per carry, using his 4.5 40-time to his advantage, during his senior year at Brookfield Central High, and earned his UW scholarship after impressive Running Back Coach John Settle with his shiftiness, speed and agility.

In a new series for subscribers, Badger Nation does a meet and greet with the newer members of the Wisconsin football team, shedding a light on some of the unknown kids that figure to be important parts of the Badgers' future.

Asking 15 questions, we call this segment the Freshman Fifteen.

What's been the hardest part for you adjusting to college life?

Lewis: Probably the time management with football because there is so much of it. You wake up in the morning, go lift, go to class and a lecture, come back and see a professor or an advisor, do some homework, then you have practice for four hours, then you have study table and it's time to go to bed. It's fine not having much free time, but you have to get used to the day-to-day grind.

What's been the hardest part adjusting to college football?

Lewis: I would say the mental aspect. The speed, not so much, but because everybody is so fast now, you have to execute the play because the small things really count at this level. I am trying to work on that and get better at it every day.

Since you arrived here, how have you changed your body to prepare for the college game?

Lewis: I have had dramatic increases with my speed and my strength. Overall, my explosiveness has gotten better. I can tell the way I come off the ball and making my cuts on points that my speed is getting there.

How is Madison different than Brookfield, Wisconsin? What's the biggest difference?

Lewis: It's a way bigger college town. There's a lot more people. You see all the people from Brookfield that went to high school, but there are a lot of kids around here.

What is your major?

Lewis: Business or pre-med. I am still deciding. My mom is a nurse and my dad is a mortgage broker. I'll probably figure it out over the next year to see what I am more interested in.

What are you hoping to do after college?

Lewis: I would hopefully one day like to be a pharmacist, maybe, or maybe follow in my dad's steps in the real estate business. Something like that.

What's your favorite place on the Madison campus?

Lewis: Probably State Street. I like hanging out with the boys, relaxing, getting something to eat, and that's a real nice place to be.

What's your least favorite place on campus?

Lewis: Bascom Hill. There are too many kids there going to class. It's an accident waiting to happen.

What do you enjoy doing most in your free time when you get the chance to kick back and relax?

Lewis: Listening to music and joking around with my friends. It's a lot of fun when you get that free time and you are able to branch off and get away. You need that sometimes. What music do you like to listen to, what TV shows do you like to watch and what food do you like to eat?

Lewis: TV shows, probably Jersey Shore, because it's so stupid with that drama. I like listening to Lil Wayne, Alicia Keys, stuff like that, and I love tacos. Tacos are my favorite food.

Who do you live with and how is that going?

Lewis: Marquis Mason. He's a funny guy. He's like a brother to me, because I think that's really good. That can define or break your college experience. If you can't go home and get along with somebody, it's not going to work, but we're like brothers.

What's the most interesting thing you've learn about him since you starting living with him?

Lewis: He used to be messy until he saw how much of a neat freak I was. He morphed into that, and I thought that was kind of funny. I have a daily routine and he thought that was really weird that I didn't do whatever. He watches basketball highlights a lot. I call him LeBron, and he could of definitely played hoops here. I think the football commitment scares him so much.

Where does your biggest support come from? Family? Friends? Teammates?

Lewis: I'd say my father, my mother and my sister. I talk to my sister every day, even though it's just small talk. Since we left, I think we've became closer. Marquis is there for me, too, helping me out. Every day is a hill, and you just have to grind through every week.

What's your parent's reaction to you playing college football here, being on your own for the first time and starting your journey at this school?

Lewis: They love it. It's truly a blessing. They try to keep in touch with me, tell me to keep working hard and that everything will work out eventually. They are really proud of me and I just want to keep making them proud as I go on to greater things.

It doesn't have to be football related, but what do you feel has been the greatest accomplishment of your life?

Lewis: Probably getting a scholarship here. Running back is not an easy position to come and play here. All the hard work and hours and academics put in during high school to make it here is definitely my biggest accomplishment.

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