STILLWATER — “He’s just a perfect example,” Spencer said. “If we could get the other kids to see him and see what’s made him a good player, we’d be in great shape. He anticipates well, but that comes from learning. ... It comes from situations and studying tape and tendencies. There’s a fine line between guessing out on the field and anticipating. Guessing will get you beat. He anticipates and that’s where Shaun’s got his advantage over the last three years.”
It’s an advantage that he’s used time and time again and it’s part of the reason he was an preseason all-Big 12 selection. No matter where the ball is, chances are Lewis will be somewhere in the vicinity.
And while he may not always get the recognition that he undoubtedly deserves, there’s little doubt just what Lewis means to the Cowboy defense.
“He’s tremendous,” Spencer said. “He and Caleb Lavey are like assistant coaches on the field. They come off the field and usually if there’s a breakdown they can tell me what it is. ... There’s no substitute for that. As great as it is this year, it will be painful without those guys next year.”
The awards and recognition may be something that Lewis will have to get used to this season, but for now he has just one award on his mind — the national championship trophy.
“At the end of the day it’s all about how you perform,” Lewis said. “They can name you to all these watch lists and all that stuff, but if you don’t do anything during the season none of that matters. I just go out there and do my job. I don’t really worry about the awards. They all come after the season, and if you do everything that you’re supposed to then your team will have more success and that’s when you’ll get that recognition.”