Lance Lewis Interview
WR / East Carolina

Updated - 4-25-12

By: Alex Khvatov


Alex Khvatov:  What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?

Lance Lewis:  6’1”, 210, 4.52.

Alex Khvatov:  Coming out of high school, what programs showed interest in you? 

Lance Lewis:  Mostly North Carolina and East Carolina

Alex Khvatov:  How did you wind up at a Junior College in California

Lance Lewis:  It was basically through a friend.  I made the move because he said that it is a good place.

Alex Khvatov:  Why did you decide to transfer to a Community College in Mississippi for your second season? 

Lance Lewis:  Basically there were some issues with living conditions in CA.  I didn’t have a scholarship there and I didn’t want to deal with these extra problems.  I just wanted to get my education and play football.  I got a scholarship in Mississippi.

Alex Khvatov:  Why did you eventually choose the University of East Carolina?  

Lance Lewis:  My old roommate was there and he recommended me to the coaching staff.  He put in a good word for me.  He showed them my highlight tape, and they were calling me non-stop after that.    

Alex Khvatov:  Describe your senior season to us. 

Lance Lewis:  It didn’t turn out the way I planned.  We all had a chip on our shoulder after the Bowl Game my junior year.  We lost big to Maryland in that game.  Everyone said that we can’t play with big teams.  We came together during the early part of my senior season, but we let three of the first four games get away.  We were up and down the whole season.  Then my injury killed everything.  I missed the last four games of the season.  If it wasn’t for the injury, I had a better chance to get picked in the early rounds.  But I still feel that I am blessed to be in the position that I am in.  I will still get the opportunity to prove myself at the next level.

Alex Khvatov:  How have you been training for the NFL Draft?

Lance Lewis:  Before the Pro Day, I was in California training with Billy Miller (former TE in the NFL).  I loved it out there.  Everything was high tempo.  I was also working out with Maurice Green.  He was helping us get our forty times down.  He knows so much on the running side.  There was so much stuff about running that I didn’t know.  That was a big deal to meet him.  After the Pro Day, I went back home.  

Alex Khvatov:  Describe your East-West Shrine Game experience to us. 

Lance Lewis:  It was a great experience.  There were a lot of great players and coaches there.  I felt that I was basically almost in the NFL during that week.  I was one step away from the big stage. 

Alex Khvatov:  Were you satisfied with your performance at the Pro Day? 

Lance Lewis:  I was satisfied.  I thought that I could run a faster forty.  But everything else was good.

Alex Khvatov:  What is the coolest thing that you have done during this NFL draft process? 

Lance Lewis:  I am big on twitter.  I like to talk on twitter.  I get a kick out of it when I hear my name mentioned on twitter.    

Alex Khvatov:  What is the highlight of your football career up to this point?

Lance Lewis:  Going to East Carolina.  I love the atmosphere here.  There were 50,000 people supporting you every Saturday.  I love the way it sounded on Saturday.  Everyone supports you.  I also broke two records at East Carolina.  I set the mark for most receiving touchdowns in one season with 14 during my junior season.  I set the record for most receiving touchdowns at East Carolina with 22 TD’s overall.

Alex Khvatov:  What are your strengths on the football field? 

Lance Lewis:  I feel that I am able to stretch the field.  I use my body to shield people off.  I go and get the ball.

Alex Khvatov:  What areas of your game do you still need to improve upon? 

Lance Lewis:  Probably pad level, depth on the routes.

Alex Khvatov:  What is your favorite NFL team? 

Lance Lewis:  I like the Washington Redskins.

Alex Khvatov:  Who is the one NFL player that you would compare your game to?

Lance Lewis:  People compare me to Brandon Lloyd a little bit.  He is a super tight receiver.  He will surprise you with a big play.

Alex Khvatov:  Which underclassman on your team should we keep an eye on in the future?

Lance Lewis:  #2 WR Justin Hardy.  He was a walk-on during my junior year.  He was on the practice squad.  He earned a starting spot and a scholarship opposite of me last year.  He is a star in the making.  He plays the slot. 

Alex Khvatov:  Who is the best opposing player that you have faced during your career? 

Lance Lewis:  CB Jayron Hosley from Virginia Tech.  I didn’t have a good game against him like I wanted to.  He played his technique very well.

Alex Khvatov:  What do you enjoy most about football?

Lance Lewis:  It’s a contact sport.

Alex Khvatov:  What are your hobbies? 

Lance Lewis:  I like to have fun.  I go to the mall to check out the latest shoes and add to my collection.  

Alex Khvatov:  What is the greatest lesson that you have learned in life so far? 

Lance Lewis:  Whatever you have been through, never give up on your dream.  Anything can happen.  Chase your dream until you feel that you can accomplish it.

Alex Khvatov:  How will you spend your NFL Draft weekend? 

Lance Lewis:  I will be watching the draft with my family.   

Alex Khvatov:  Finish the sentence, Lance Lewis is …

Lance Lewis:  On the field, I work hard like everyone else.  I am a passionate player.  I want to win every game that I play.  I am a cool guy to be around.  I make people laugh.  I am a people person.



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