December 1, 2005 |
Marcedes Lewis has exploited defenses all season, catching 55 passes for 711 yards and 10 touchdowns, numbers good enough to make him a finalist for the John Mackey Award -- which goes to college football's top tight end -- for the second consecutive year. On Saturday, Lewis will go up against a USC defense that has been burned several times by tight ends this season.
September 16, 2005 |
Growing up, Marcedes Lewis was always one of the biggest kids in his class, and he loved to tell friends that he was going to be a football player someday. But UCLA's senior tight end didn't last long in his first youth league season at age 8. After a week of practices, Lewis decided that football was too time consuming, so he quit.
September 12, 2005 |
Tight end Marcedes Lewis doesn't have a problem playing the role of decoy if the Bruin offense continues to have the type of success it had against Rice on Saturday. Lewis was double-teamed most of the game and finished with two receptions for 27 yards, but the Bruins picked apart the defenseless Owls, gaining 578 total yards in a 63-21 victory. "When everyone is involved and getting the football, our offense really clicks," said Lewis, who expects a tougher challenge this week against No.
October 13, 2004 |
One day last spring, UCLA junior tight end Marcedes Lewis owned the main basketball court in the Wooden Center. Scoring on fadeaway jump shots and three-point baskets, mixed in with a few dunks and rebounds, Lewis dominated the play, keeping his pickup team on the floor with a string of victories. When Lewis was done, an impressed bystander asked why he didn't play varsity basketball. Lewis shook his head and said, "Nah, I just play for fun now. I have other things to concentrate on."
August 20, 2004 |
Tight end Marcedes Lewis, second on the team with 30 receptions last season, has been practicing harder than he ever has and should be even more productive this season -- if he becomes a better blocker. "This [West Coast] system plays to the tight end, sometimes more than to others," explained Tom Cable, the first-year offensive coordinator, who has made Lewis one of his projects. "His job is to block and get the edge for you offensively to run the football.
November 19, 2003 |
The question did not stump UCLA defensive end Dave Ball, master of the one-liner and possessor of wisdom and perspective as a fifth-year senior and three-year starter: Is there anyone on this planet who thinks the Bruins can beat second-ranked USC in the Coliseum on Saturday? "Maybe Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny ... somebody mystical," Ball said. "Shoot, my parents don't even think we have a chance. But whatever, that's fine."