CHERUBINI CHIMES IN
One-on-One with the
August 21, 2010
By Ron Cherubini
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Lance Lewis came to East Carolina as a junior college transfer in 2010, he
announced his arrival in record-setting fashion. He proved to be a
playmaker, piling up a school single-season record 14 touchdown receptions
en route to eclipsing 1,000 yards receiving. Remarkably, he was able to
accomplish what he did as the No. 2 option behind All-Conference USA star
and current Dallas Cowboys receiver Dwayne Harris.
Now, as the 2011 opener approaches, Lewis is fully aware
he will be a known quantity to his opponents and will draw the top coverage
every opponent has to offer. But, undaunted, Lewis knows what he is capable
of doing and is excited to get the offense cranked up and set up camp in the
Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium end zone all over again.
Lance was kind enough to sit down for a chat with
Bonesville to share his insights on the upcoming season.
Lance Lewis (88) in action last season (ECU SID photo)
One-on-One with Lance Lewis
Q: You were pretty confident when
you arrived a year ago that you would have an impact on the offense and you
did to the tune of a 1,000-yard, 14-TD season. What is your confidence level
going into to 2011?
A: Right now, more confident than I
was last season. We have Coach (Jeff) Connors here working with us to make
us tougher mentally and physical, too, and he (is) getting all of our levels
up which encourages me even more for this season. Last year, we would start
to fall off, but we are conditioning so much now that we will be ready to
pick it up throughout the game. I feel really good going into this season.
Q: With Dwayne Harris now in the
NFL, you will be a marked man. Are you ready for that challenge?
A: Yes sir, I am ready for the
challenge (of being the No. 1 guy). You know, last year, Dwayne was a big
part of our offense, but we have players who are stepping in who can replace
– you can’t replace Dwayne in terms of everything he brings in one player –
but we have some good receivers stepping in that can do the things we need
them to do (in Dwayne’s absence) and make the offense go. As for me, I don’t
really think about who is covering me. I do the things I am supposed to do
and expect to make plays.
Q: Share your thoughts on having set
a new, single-season, TD receptions record at ECU?
A: I had a lot of TD receptions, but
I feel like I should have one every game. Right now, I am thinking about
this season and this offense and winning games. I don’t really think about
(the record) but it will (be) great later (down the road to reflect on).
Q: What areas of your game did you
focus on in spring and what do you need to do better in 2011?
A: Running routes. I need to run
better routes and that is what I have been working on (during the summer).
Also, my dedication on and off the field. Taking the time to work with my
teammates (outside of practice) because we all need to know what everyone is
doing on every play. The QB, the linemen, the receivers, we are all
dedicated to improving this offense.
Q: What player on this team do you
most respect and why?
A: Dominique Davis. You know, he
came in the same time I came in and he just took over the offense. He is a
vocal leader and everybody respects him… I respect him… He wants to win.
When he steps into the room, people respect him and what he has to say. He
is our leader and he has earned that respect.
Q: What player on our defense do you
think would give you the hardest time in coverage and why?
A: No. 38. When you play against
Emanuel (Davis), you have to work because he can do it all. He can play you
on the jam and he can play off of you and he can run with you. He
anticipates everything you do. I just really respect him and how he plays
that position. Definitely glad I don’t have to face him.
Q: Drop a name or two of a young
receiver who will make a name for himself in 2011?
A: Justin Hardy, Danny Webster, and
Reese Wiggins… those guys are out here working hard. Justin Hardy never
takes plays off… he goes hard in practice and he is getting reps… which is
the only thing he needs (to break out this season). Webster… he’s good and
he’s just a freshman. All our young receivers are working hard and will be
Q: Do you think about your NFL
prospects and how do you factor those end of year goals into how you prepare
and think about the 2011 season?
A: As of right now, it isn’t
something I am focused on… it’s in the future. Right now I am focused on
trying to have the type of season I can have here. We are focused on right
here and right now and this week. Then it will be first opponent. I’m not
looking at the future right now at all.
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